Consumer Advocacy Group Calls for Accountability and Stricter Warning Label Regulations on Generic Drugs
Online PR News – 30-August-2011 – – Ennis & Ennis, P.A. strongly supports consumer advocacy group’s, Public Citizen, petition dated August 29, 2011 urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require manufacturers of generic drugs to promptly update warning labels when they learn of new side effects (http://www.citizen.org/documents/Citizen-Petition-8-26.pdf).
Currently, generic drug manufacturers are precluded from updating their warning labels unless they have FDA approval, or unless the brand name maker has updated the label first. Public Citizen argued that this outdated regulation only hurts consumers because generic drug sales have skyrocketed and their manufacturers have a wealth of information about issues related to effectiveness and safety. “Since generic makers are currently selling most of the products, the generic makers are hearing about issues regarding the side effects and effectiveness first,” said Allison Zieve, direct or Public Citizen’s Litigation Group. In fact, the group noted that 90% of prescriptions for drugs with generic equivalents were filled with generics rather than brand-name drugs.
“After the June ruling in PLIVA v. Mensing, where potential claimants are now precluded from filing claims against generic drug manufacturers for side effects suffered that are not listed on the warning label, it only make sense to require generic drug manufacturers to warn of side effects of which they have knowledge,” said Attorney David Ennis. Ennis further commented “There needs to be some accountability.”
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