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10/20/08

DRUG SAFETY INFORMATION WEB SITE WHAT THE FDA KNOWS OR HAS HEARD ABOUT YOUR DRUG OR PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE LIKE WARNINGS AND ALERTS

DRUG SAFETY INFORMATION WEB SITE WHAT THE FDA KNOWS OR HAS HEARD ABOUT YOUR DRUG OR PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE LIKE WARNINGS AND ALERTS


So you just got a prescription from the doctor or have been taking a medicine for years. Most medicines are safe for most people when you follow instructions. But many many medications have reports of problems for some people somewhere. Now instead of just wondering or hoping you happen to read a news article you can find out about any warnings or dangers of medicine you may be taking or medication that is prescribed to you, one can look at the new and improved FDA (Food and Drug Administration) web site for the answer. The FDA has a web site where you can search for information about FDA Alerts and what sort of side effects and drug interactions the FDA has heard about or warned against.

  • FDA Index to Drug Specific Information Web Site

  • A Possible New Way to Use an Old Drug Against Multiple Sclerosis Other things the FDA has put on the site are at the site include:
  • Drug labeling, including patient labeling, professional labeling, and patient package inserts
  • Drugs that have a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) to ensure that their benefits outweigh their risks
  • A searchable database of postmarket studies that are required from, or agreed to by, drug companies to provide the FDA with additional information about a drug's safety, efficacy, or optimal use
  • Clinicaltrials.gov, a searchable database of clinical trials, including information about each trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and useful phone numbers
  • Drug-specific safety information, including safety sheets with the latest information about the drug as well as related FDA press announcements, fact sheets, and drug safety podcasts
  • Quarterly reports that list certain drugs that are being evaluated for potential safety issues, based on a review of information in the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS)
  • Warning Letters, Import Alerts, Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts; Regulations and guidance documents
  • Consumer information about using medications safely and disposing of unused medicines
  • Instructions how to report problems to the FDA through its MedWatch program; Consumer articles on drug safety