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H.R. 6717 (115th): 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 passage.

The bill was introduced in the House on September 6 by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL1).

What supporters say

Supporters argue the bill would provide the public needed information, similar to the requirement of nutrition facts on food.

“There are ...

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
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 6, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Sep 6, 2018

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H.R. 6717 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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