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Physician group seeks new warnings on prescriptions

According to the Los Angeles Times, the American College of Physicians has gone on record criticizing the Food and Drug Administration for its passive lack of supervision of prescription labeling.  The nation's primary association of Internal Medicine physicians, the ACP made a number of concrete suggestions and recommendations.  These included placing limits on the advertising of newly-approved medicines, identifying them as "new" through appropriate consumer labeling, creating a better system of tracking complications in newly-approved drugs and better identifying drugs formulated abroad.  The organization documented its concerns and justified these recommendations by reference to recent medical product recall and patient injury history.

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