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In the industrialized world, prescription drugs are typically heavily regulated, unlike in the developing world—where they are often regulated in theory and not in practice. The labels that are placed on these drugs are no exception. Many countries are commonly directed and coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the health authority within the United Nations system. This body sets norms and standards, provides technical support, monitors and assesses health trends, and articulates evidence-based policy options. The WHO is most well known for its aid in providing equitable access to essential care across developing nations. In many countries (even those that are industrialized), drug labeling laws still have a long way to go. This entry will explore the labeling laws for several industrialized countries across ...

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