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House Passes Matsui's MODERN Labeling Act

Press Release

Date: Nov. 17, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass Congresswoman Doris Matsui's (D-CA) Making Objective Drug Evidence Revisions for New (MODERN) Labeling Act, a bipartisan bill to ensure that providers, patients and their caregivers have the most up-to-date information about the prescription drugs they use.

This legislation would allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require modifications of outdated labeling for generic drugs to reflect new information, such as new indications or safety-related information discovered after post-market use.

"Despite the important role prescription drug labels play in informing treatment decisions, many generic drug labels are considerably out of date. When making health care decisions for themselves and their loved ones, it is vital that Americans and their providers have access to accurate, up-to-date information about a drug's safety and efficacy," said Congresswoman Matsui. "This legislation responds to the public health issue of outdated labels by creating a new pathway for FDA to update generic drug labels once a brand reference drug has left the market. By modernizing drug labels, we can preserve this trusted source of information, enhance patient benefit, and facilitate greater use of lower-cost generics. I applaud my colleagues in the House for approving this bipartisan legislation and I urge the Senate to do the same."