facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Most unaware FDA tracks drug side effects

April 2, 2008 at 4:30 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Most U.S. consumers don't know they can report prescription drug side effects to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a survey said.

The national poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center found that among consumers who have ever taken a prescription drug, 16 percent had experienced a serious drug side effect at some time in their lives. A serious drug side effect is described by the FDA as a reaction that led them to visit a doctor or hospital, was life-threatening or caused a significant disability or incapacity.

However, only 35 percent of consumers polled were aware that serious side effects can be reported to the FDA. Seventy-nine percent said they would report drug side effects to their doctor, 16 percent would tell their pharmacist and 7 percent would file a report with the FDA.

"Doctors and healthcare professionals play an important role in drug safety when they report their patients' adverse reactions to the FDA," Liz Foley of Consumers Union said in a statement. "But we're aware of the demands on their time, and we think consumers should know there is a resource available at the FDA to track their severe drug reactions."

Topics: Most U.S.
© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Don't like getting shots? Just swallow this pill coated with tiny needles Don't like getting shots? Just swallow this pill coated with tiny needles
2
Whoever smelt it may have been dealt a longer life Whoever smelt it may have been dealt a longer life
3
France considers plain cigarette packaging France considers plain cigarette packaging
4
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
5
CDC: Diabetes rates leveling off CDC: Diabetes rates leveling off
Trending News
x
Feedback