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FYI About Your Rx

Survey looks at information handed out with prescription drugs

SUNDAY, July 14, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- About 89 percent of people who get prescription drugs receive written information about those drugs, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study.

The research was done to determine how many people were given prescription drug information, and how useful it proved to be. It was commissioned by the FDA and done by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

Survey participants rated the usefulness of the information provided at about 50 percent.

The FDA commissioned the study in 2001 to comply with a law passed in 1996 that requires the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate private sector prescription drug information given to people. The law included a goal that by the year 2000, 75 percent of people getting new prescriptions should receive useful written information about the drugs.

That goal increases to 95 percent by the year 2006.

More Information

Click here to read the full FDA report about the success of its prescription drug information program.

SOURCE: FDA news release, June 18, 2002
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