Every day we see or hear about drugs and medicines that are going to make us smarter, prettier, stronger, and/or cure all that ails us. “Do they really work?” is not the main question that needs to be asked.
What You Should Be Asking
- What are the side effects?
- Is the manufacturer telling the whole truth about the testing and results?
- Is the drug being marketed for a purpose for which it was not intended (known as off-label marketing, which is illegal)?
Drug Issues In The News
A supplement called Prevagen, which has helped propel its manufacturer, Quincy Bioscience, into the ranks of fastest-growing companies in the U.S., shows evidence of serious side effects and should be marketed and regulated as a drug, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […] Read Full Article
The anti-nausea drug Zofran (ondansetron) has been linked to doubled risks of heart defects and serious illness in newborns, according to recent research and a newspaper investigation. What type of health problems and birth defects have been linked to Zofran? Morning sickness usually occurs in the first trimester of pregnancy, which is when fetuses are […] Read Full Article
A duo of well-known health gurus has touted the benefits of a supplement called Rhodiola as a fatigue and stress fighting “tonic.” Further research revealed that all studies supporting these claims were conducted in former Soviet republics.[…]Read Full Article
The FDA says Reumofan Plus, a dietary supplement manufactured in Mexico but sold widely on the internet and at some retail outlets and flea markets, contains unlisted ingredients that could seriously harm users. […]Read Full Article
How Are Drug Manufacturers Legally Responsible?
Whether the drug is over-the-counter, mail order or prescription only, manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe. They also have a responsibility to explain the risks and benefits of their products in ways people can understand, and to continue to evaluate their products for safety as more people use them. When companies fail in these responsibilities, they can be held legally responsible to the people they hurt.