Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tell the FDA to Stand Up to Drug Companies

TV drug ads are bad enough. But now drug companies are fighting against requests for 1-800 numbers and websites that would allow people to report the side effects from these drugs. They just don't want to hear it.

The most commonly advertised drugs are the new drugs - and not all of the side effects may be known. It's a simple fact, and the drug companies need to accept it. If we can't count on them to make our drugs safe, who can we count on?

These TV ads make a person believe that the latest prescription drug can alleviate their problems, raising expectations of what a particular drug can and cannot do. So, the users of these drugs deserve to be able to report any side effects.

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