Even the pharmacist roles are declining as well. When you stop and think about the reports, the patient is the one experiencing the reactions to the drug, and the physician as the prescriber, would not be as “personally” involved as a patient on the treatment plan, but then on the other hand, patients should also consult their physicians as well to ensure that the issue is in fact an adverse reaction. BD
Consumers became the major source of adverse event reports to the FDA in 2006, replacing physicians, FDA News reports. In 1998, consumers reported 23,691 adverse events, compared with 48,314 physician reports. By 2006, a tipping point occurred - there were 127,475 consumer reports versus 113,444 physician reports, according to FDA data.