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August 25, 1995| Times Wire Services

FDA Urges Information on Prescription Drugs: Nearly half of Americans get no written instructions before using prescription drugs, and the nation spends $20 billion a year treating side effects and illnesses from improper use of medicines, the government says. Now the Food and Drug Administration is proposing a solution: Give patients easy-to-understand information about how to take a prescribed medicine and what side effects to anticipate.

The FDA this week unveiled a program to push pharmacists to prepare special patient-information leaflets for every prescription. The proposal would take effect after a 90-day public comment period.

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