For many people outside of our industry, labeling is a given. We see labels on everything around us, including food products, cleaning supplies, paper goods and a host of other items. Labeling might not seem particularly special because it is ubiquitous.
Yet there are examples in the news that continue to remind us of the value of labeling in our lives, not only to ensure we understand the ingredients a product contains or the steps we should apply to use it, but also to keep us safe. That safety imperative is very evident in the current discussion over labeling of opioid drugs in medical prescriptions for young people.
In a guest editorial, Chairman Mark Hudak of the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee recently explained the “unfortunate truth that physicians who treat pediatric patients are often forced to prescribe medications approved for use in adults by extrapolation of efficacy, safety and dose.” He argues that new labels added to pediatric medicine can help protect patients and avoid prescriptions that are “subtherapeutic or toxic.”
Modern Medicine points out new rules agreed to by the FDA regarding opioids will solicit the committee’s labeling recommendations while enacting other policies to prevent abuse of prescription drugs.
Labeling manufacturers bear a significant responsibility in helping protect the well-being of anyone who comes into contact with a label, regardless of whether it is for medicine or food. We value the opportunity to update consumers about conversations surrounding labeling as the public and policymakers identify the best route forward for safety’s sake.