Target: Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Fight to require generic drugs to put health risks on labels
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to require all generic drugs to provide a warning label with health risks, but the drug companies are fighting this potential regulation. Currently, generic drugs like aspirin are not officially required to provide warning labels, which is a legal loophole. The regulation proposed by the FDA would close this loophole and give consumers information about the risks of the products they are using.
Currently, 80% of drugs that are made are generic drugs, yet only one brand posts health risks on their label. It is shocking and unacceptable that something so widely used, especially for medical purposes, does not have a warning label. No drugs are completely safe, and it is important that users are aware of all the risks. Ralph Neas, president of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association says that this type of requirement would be “nothing short of catastrophic,” raising health care costs and causing confusion. This statement holds little validity, and if confusion did arise, it would only be temporary until consumers learn about the drugs they are using and become more wise and educated users.
Lack of warning labels on generic drugs is dangerous to consumers, and a warning label requirement would be nothing below beneficial. It is only fair to provide consumers with information about the drugs they are taking, and it is necessary that we make these warning labels a reality.
Please sign the petition below to support the Food and Drug Administration in their fight to get warning labels on generic drugs.
Dear Food and Drug Administration,
We are writing you to show our support for your efforts to require warning labels with health risks on generic pharmaceuticals. As you know, 80% of drugs that are made are generic drugs, yet only one brand posts health risks on their label. This is part of a legal loophole which does not require these commonly used drugs to have warning labels.
It is shocking that warnings are not required on something so commonly used, especially something that is used for medical purposes. People have the right to know the risks of what they are putting in their body, and warning labels would enable that right. There is no such thing as an entirely safe drug, so requiring warning labels on all drugs is an urgent matter.
Thank you for your efforts to create drug safety and provide consumers with the information they deserve. Please continue to fight this issue until all generic drugs have health risks on their labels.
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