FDA's new priorities

In an August 4, 2004, speech, Dr. Lester M. Crawford, acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner, described the agency’s priorities for the next six months.

Among the priorities were the following:

• Finalizing proposed changes to prescription drug labels to make them more user-friendly for both consumers and health care practitioners;

• Reviewing ways to enhance the food label, educate consumers, and find better treatments for obesity;

• Publishing a proposed rule to provide guidance on nutrient content claims related to the carbohydrate content of foods; and

• Moving forward on the recommendation to give prominence to calories and serving sizes on food labels, including increasing font size and providing a daily value percentage for calories.

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