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H.R. 6717: Depression Side Effect Labeling Awareness Act of 2018

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About the bill

About 37.2% of American adults use medications with depression and the risk of suicide as a potential side effect. Should the risks be more explicitly stated?

What the bill does

The Depression Side Effect Labeling Awareness Act [H.R. 6717] would require that “warnings and precautions in the drug’s label include an increased risk of suicide or depression” with such information being “presented prominently.”

The Commissioner of Food and Drugs, currently Scott Gottlieb, would be required to carry out the order through their agency within a year of ...

Sponsor and status

Bobby Rush

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Length: 2 pages

Sep 6, 2018


Introduced on Sep 6, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 6, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


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Sep 6, 2018

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H.R. 6717 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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