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New OTC label format requirements could impact supplements

  In February, FDA proposed the inclusion of larger graphics, simplified language (for example, "lung" instead of "pulmonary") and more prominent warnings on over-the-counter drugs. If adopted, the new requirements could also become part of dietary supplement label guidelines. Manufacturers of OTC drugs have four months to respond to the label proposal. The FDA believes the labeling changes will make comparison shopping easier and reduce adverse reactions. Manufacturers would have two years to comply; smaller companies would be given up to three years.  
  FDA Hotline, March 1997.  
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