Over the course of the time that the FDA has been approving medications, numerous recalls and market withdrawals have occurred, when data revealed that approved drugs were not truly safe to be on the market.
+Rhona Finkel is a health and science writer, covering such topics as mood disorders, technology and health, the plight of the mentally ill, psychiatric medications, and updates and retractions in scientific literature. Also a consultant in social media publicity, she is an author on Candida Abrahamson’s blog at http://candidaabrahamson.wordpress.com.
The fact is, in recent years, the terms 'drug' and 'medicine' have almost become interchangeable in usage.
Want to know for sure the medication that your doctor has prescribed for you to take during your pregnancy poses no risk to your unborn child?
Numerous apps make medical claims that can't be backed up by research. Claims like these violate FDA regulations. Other mobile health app developers avoid FDA rules by piling on disclaimers.
Pharmacists are no different in wanting their voices to be represented, and thus it comes as no surprise that the blogosphere is replete with posts by those with pharmacy degrees, composed with the same motivations that drive so many bloggers.
Concerns about growing costs to companies and lost worker hours explain how the use of drug detection methods in urine and hair have grown exponentially.
From 1998-2012, Big Phamra has led the political lobbying charge in the US by spending over $2 billion over the period.
Orphan Drugs are created to treat or prevent rare illnesses and diseases. These drugs may also include those which are produced where manufacturers cannot expect to make profits.
Prescriptions for atypical antipsychotics would nearly triple from 1995 to 2008 in the US, with more than 16 million prescriptions for them written in the latter year.
A look at how pharmaceutical companies market and promote their drugs after they've been approved.
Merck wants to give Pfizer's Lipitor a run for its money, and it's putting its eggs in several heart-drug baskets. Within the next 4-5 years, the company plans to roll out 3 new heart medications, 2 in the next year alone.
It takes a few seconds to swallow a prescription pill, but it can take a pharmaceutical company years to get that drug to you. Drug development is a complex task, with a number of regulatory hurdles; at any moment the task might be irretrievably de-railed.