After numerous reports indicated preschoolers were being prescribed psychiatric drugs such as Ritalin, the government started a long-term study to document the side effects of the drugs in children. The National Institute of Mental Health now claims the study indicated that doctors “proceed with caution” when prescribing preschoolers psychiatric drugs.
Each year, over 700,000 Americans go to emergency rooms for reactions to commonly used medications. The study is to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Prompted by the dangers associated with Vioxx in 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked the Institute of Medicine to review their drug safety system. With the results in, the institute is recommending several changes.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) forgot one important factor when they began a study on the risks associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity drugs (ADHD) in children and adults—a budget. This FDA study and others like it may soon stop due to lack of funding by the agency.
A Philadelphia jury found that the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug Prempro was the cause of a woman’s breast cancer. The next phase of the trial will decide if Wyeth, Prempro’s maker, failed to properly warn about the drug’s dangers.
Last month, Bayer scientists met with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss their heart-surgery drug, Trasylol, and its possible risks. But Bayer failed to mention that they already conducted a large study on the drug and the results showed an increase in the risk of death and stroke.