New Zealand Law Society - MedSafe consulting on medicine label allergen warnings

MedSafe consulting on medicine label allergen warnings

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The Ministry of Health has announced that MedSafe is consulting on plans to include a warning for substances such as allergens on medicine labels.

Unlike foods, most medicines and related products are not required to list all the ingredients included in the medicine on the package label.

Currently the Medicines Regulations 1984 requires medicines and other related products to include any warning statements required by MedSafe, either on the package or on an information sheet.

Now MedSafe is planning to expand the list of warnings to include some non-active substances that might cause a reaction in some people. It seeks the public’s views on having warning statements for a list of substances such as aspartame, antibiotics, peanuts, gluten and sulphites.

The consultation closes on 8 August 2019.

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