FDA Creates Web Page with Drug Safety Information for Patients, Health Care Professionals
Posted Oct 19 2008 9:41am
Consumers and health care professionals can now go to a single page on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Web site to find a wide variety of safety information about prescription drugs. The Web page, http://www.fda.gov/cder/drugSafety.htm, provides links to information in these categories:
— Drug labeling, including patient labeling, professional labeling, and patient package inserts; — Drugs that have a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy — A searchable database of postmarket drug studies — Clinicaltrials.gov — Drug-specific safety information — Quarterly reports that list certain drugs that are being evaluated for potential safety issues — Warning Letters, Import Alerts, Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts; — Regulations and guidance documents; — Consumer information about using medications safely and disposing of unused medicines; — Instructions how to report problems to the FDA through its MedWatch program; — Consumer articles on drug safety; and — The FDA’s response to the Institute of Medicine’s 2006 report on the future of drug safety.