MHRA: Publication of responses to consultation MLX 358 on European Commission proposals on information to patients

On 10 December 2008 the European Commission published a legislative proposal for the pharmaceutical industry to be able to communicate certain information on prescription medicines directly to patients. Consultation MLX 358 sought views on the proposals to amend Directive 2001/83/EC and Regulation (EC) No 726/2004. The UK government supports the proposal and wanted to engage with stakeholders to gauge public opinion in the UK. We launched the consultation in May 2009 to see if stakeholders supported the proposal, agreed with the government\'s position, envisaged what the impact might be of the proposals in the UK and any positive and negative public health consequences.