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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.

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