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Joseph H. Saunders
Joseph H. Saunders
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FDA Approval Means Consumer Safety? Not So Fast

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There’s a widespread myth that FDA approval of a new drug product means that that drug is safe for consumer use. Yet, according to a notice published Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), from October 2005 through September 2006, companies had yet to initiate 71 percent of outstanding “post-market” safety evaluations that companies have promised to undertake for currently approved products they are already selling to consumers.
The drug companies are interested in profits and will often take shortcuts to increase their bottom line. We’ve seen this behavior with Merck, Eli Lilly, and other pharmaceutical giants. This is dangerous for the average consumer.