Upcoming improvements to prescription drug labeling are hoped to positively affect patient care across the board. Intentionally kept in the dark on the ingredients and indications of prescription drugs for well-over 100 years, the healthcare industry is shifting from the past’s blind trust to finally realizing today’s modern paradigm: Engaging patients as active participants in their own healthcare endeavors.

Small Label, Big Impact
Improving the synchronization between in-office care and home care, the FDA’s latest labeling procedures will not only help patients under a physician’s care better understand why each medication is being prescribed, clearly listing indications on each prescription drug product’s label, but offer a vast array of opportunities for the betterment of treatment regimes, helping…
In the understanding of prescription regimens and scheduling.

  • Verify each prescription is effective/providing benefits for its intended purpose.
  • Reduce confusion following brief or rushed clinic encounters.
  • Make the identification of drugs easier to allow for proper use/best practices.
  • Reduce the incidence of over-prescription, duplicate or unnecessary medications.
  • Keep not only patients, but caregivers, pharmacists, and other treating physicians in-the-know on conditions being treated and desired outcomes.
  • Improve safety by reducing prescription or dispensing errors.

The Missing Link
This added information, “knowledge” (dubbed the “sixth” patient right in a recent publication of The New England Journal of Medicine), is bringing to light details which have previously fallen through the cracks in today’s modern world of typically rushed, commonly overcomplicated healthcare regimens. Information critical to the patient’s understanding of why a medication has been prescribed and for what conditions or purposes, allowing for a clearer assessment of efficacy for all involved parties.

Are You Living In The Dark?
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Sources:

  • http://www.painmedicinenews.com/Web-Only/Article/08-16/Adding-Medication-Purpose-to-Prescription-Drug-Labels-Improves-Patient-Safety/37249/ses=ogst