As one of the worst flu seasons in the past few years comes to end, some experts are concerned one of the few prescription medications available to treat the flu may have potentially life threatening side effects. Tamiflu has been available for over a decade, but reports that it causes abnormal behavior, particularly in children, are becoming increasingly apparent. This has led some experts to the conclusion that Tamiflu isn’t right for every patient.
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Clinical trials are crucial to understanding the safety and effectiveness of medications and medical devices. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses clinical trial data to evaluate new drug and device applications, clinical trial data has not been very accessible to patients.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for policing all prescription and over the counter medications and medical devices. The agency ensures devices and drugs comply with mandated safety standards and ensures manufacturers abide by advertising rules. Unfortunately, the FDA sent far fewer advertising letters out this past year.
There is a fine balance between providing lifesaving medicine to the public and protecting the public from potentially harmful medicine. This is the line the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must walk as it regulates drugs and medical devices. However the agency is making tremendous strides in patient safety by allowing more drug inspections in manufacturing facilities overseas.
For women who suffered permanent hair loss after undergoing cancer treatment, many questions were left unanswered by the manufacturer of the popular breast cancer drug, Taxotere. Luckily, federal court lawsuits filed against the company are making progress, and four bellwether trials have been scheduled.