Saturday, August 27, 2005

Big Pharma Resists Push For Drug Awareness

From: Medical News Today August 11, 2005
Drug Companies Blast FDA Drug Safety Site

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) complained that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to release preliminary findings about prescription drug side effects on a Drug Watch Web site would lead to confusion and "irrational fears."

The Web site, which is in planning stages for a launch later this year, will have safety information about medications currently under FDA review. Medications or classes of treatments would only be placed on the Web site if the new Drug Safety Oversight Board finds enough evidence of safety concerns to warrant additional research.

PhRMA claimed that the information would be "too vague and preliminary to be of any value," and that the Web site might exceed the FDA's authority, or violate a law that regulates what information can be released by federal agencies.

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