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Drug Safety

Outrage Of The Month: FDA Senior Leader Ignores Science, Approves Ineffective Drug For A Rare Disease

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Carome, M.D.

Read more in Public Citizen's October Health Letter On Sept. 19, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved eteplirsen (brand name Exondys...

Speeding Ineffective and Unsafe Treatments to Market in the Name of Patients? Not So Fast

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

It is not a bottleneck at the FDA that is to blame. Medical research is simply not producing the breakthroughs needed for breast cancer. And we should not let a reduction of safety and efficacy standards replace our demand for safer and more effective treatments.

Let's Be Sensible About MDMA

Betty Aldworth | Posted 04.29.2015 | College
Betty Aldworth

It's past time to acknowledge the plain fact that students use drugs. Let's make sure they have the education and protections they need to do so safely.

My Son, Drugs and Safety

Melissa Franqui | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Melissa Franqui

Teenagers will make their own choices, just as we did. In helping my son navigate peer pressure and make better decisions, safety is my highest priority and it should also be his.

What We Can't Seem to Remember About MDMA and Why Legalizing Drugs Will Save Your Child's Life

Neill Franklin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Neill Franklin

Thanks to our failed experiment with alcohol prohibition, we know that it's impossible to keep people away from intoxicants, legal or otherwise. The difference is in how we treat those who favor certain substances over others.

Is Medical Marijuana The New Snake Oil?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Fifty
David Sack, M.D.

Somewhat lost in the highly politicized hullabaloo is the one question we should really be asking about medical marijuana: Is it good medicine?

U.S. Needs Better Way To Track Drug Safety, Study Says

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living

* IOM says risks of certain drugs become apparent over years * Says FDA should monitor safety through drug 'lifecycle' *...

FDA Says It Tracks Drug Safety Even After Approval

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2012 | Healthy Living

* Agency has required 385 postmarket studies since 2008 * New safety information led to changed labels 65 times By Debra...

The Medications Seniors Can't Live With -- Or Without

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

For many older Americans, their relationship with the most important drugs in their medicine cabinets can be described as "Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em."

FDA Delays May Have Cost Lives

Edward F. Blizzard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Edward F. Blizzard

Given the body of evidence and the 30-year old questions about propoxyphene, we have to ask: what took the FDA so long to do right the right thing for American consumers?

Close the FDA Approval Gap

Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH

Even though our system of pharmaceutical review and approval is regarded as the most effective in the world, there exists an incredible -- and potentially deadly -- loophole: unapproved drugs.

GE Ignored Omniscan Safety Advice And May Have Hid Evidence From FDA, Documents Show

ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

GE Healthcare ignored the advice of its own safety experts to "proactively" restrict use of its imaging drug, Omniscan, after reports in Europe linked...