The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires that manufacturers change their product labels from international units (IU) to metric units of measurement — micrograms (mcg) or milligrams (mg). This comes as a result of the FDA’s final rule, “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition Supplement Facts Labels,” published on May 27, 2016.
Pharmacies can expect to start seeing these label changes come through on all over-the-counter (OTC) fat-soluble vitamin A, D and E products. We understand that this change can be difficult when trying to determine the metric equivalent for IUs. For a safer transition to metric labeling, Safecor Health will begin including both the IU and metric measurements on its labels, when possible.