September 23, 2014
Contact: Kelly Peuquet
National Coalition on Health Care
202-638-7151, ext. 106
Without Changes, Proposed Labeling Rule Would Drive Up Costs for Consumers, Taxpayers
Statement from National Coalition on Health Care President and CEO John Rother on the Proposed FDA Drug Labeling Rule
“Unless the FDA changes course, consumers and taxpayers will soon shoulder an additional $4 billion a year in drug costs. Worse, the FDA’s plan to allow different labels on brand name drugs and their generic competitors could confuse patients and their doctors—threatening patient safety.
Representative Steve Israel and Representative Tim Bishop should be commended for speaking out in their recent letter to the FDA. They join a growing chorus from stakeholders and elected officials of both parties who support a different approach. It’s time that the FDA heeded them.”
The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), the oldest and most diverse group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform, is a 501(c)(3) organization representing more than 80 participating organizations, including medical societies, businesses, unions, health care providers, faith-based associations, pension and health funds, insurers and groups representing consumers, patients, women, minorities and persons with disabilities. Member organizations collectively represent – as employees, members, or congregants – over 100 million Americans.
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