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Should there be a Good Housekeeping ‘seal of approval’ for prescription medicines?

In a new paper, a group of academics and pharmacists argue that assigning scores based on a mix of regulatory actions and chemical analysis would motivate drug makers to produce more “quality” medicines and reduce shortages, while improving public health.


The idea is “critical for adding much-needed transparency into the American drug supply chain and enabling health system purchasers and payers of medications to avoid low-quality drug products,” the authors write in a paper posted on the medRxiv, a pre-print server, which means the paper has not yet been peer-reviewed.

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