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FDA’s Warning System for Drug Adverse Reactions

Posted by medconsumers on June 10, 2009

It’s a well-acknowledged fact that it takes years for all of the harms about a drug or medical device to emerge. The Food and Drug Administration regularly publishes a list of drugs and other medical products whose prescriber labeling and/or patient information has been updated with new warnings. The Medwatch Program is the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting System/a>>. It provides a list organized by the severity of the drug’s risk and describes the specific nature of the label changes, for example, a new black box warning. If you see a drug of interest on the list, just click on the product name in the left hand column and you can see the new warnings and cautions about the product’s use.

Arthur A. Levin, MPH, Center for Medical Consumers©

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