A group of deputies from the LDPR submitted a bill to the State Duma; If accepted, pharmaceutical companies will not be able to use small letters indicating side effects in drug instructions. A copy of the document amending Article 67 of the Federal Law “On the Circulation of Medicines” is at the disposal of socialbites.ca.
Currently the instructions recommend a font size of at least 8 points. Lawmakers believe the font should be 12 point or larger.
“It is not possible to carefully read the instructions for use of medicines with this recommended font size. This approach can be particularly challenging for the elderly and people with low vision, who need special technical tools to understand such instructions. “In cases where the risk of improper use of medicines can lead to negative consequences for the life and health of citizens, the accessibility of the information contained in the instructions becomes especially important,” says the project’s explanatory note.
The death rate from drug-related adverse reactions ranks fifth in the world, the LDPR press service added, citing experts.
“According to a study conducted by the National Research University Higher School of Economics, more than 60% of citizens receive treatment independently without going to the doctor. According to the World Health Organization, more than 35 percent of deaths are preventable. “Some experts attribute such a high rate to self-medication,” LDPR said.
Previously recognizedIt was stated that the demand for medicines and medical masks against seasonal viral diseases has increased in Russia.
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