Health New FDA labeling rule could be lawsuit shield


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NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Government regulators have issued new rules designed to keep drug warning labels clear and concise, though some say the new guidelines would also shield drugmakers from lawsuits.

The regulations from the Food and Drug Administration, which were released Thursday and take effect next month, explain when drug and medical device companies are responsible for rushing out safety updates on their products.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America welcomed the announcement, saying it provides much-needed clarity. But trial lawyers who represent consumers said it will provide legal protection to companies that withhold information on their products' risks.

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