Drug Safety in the News

Solving a Case of Rapldly Progressive Dementia

Check out this great success story highlighting the other side of drug safety: ensuring proper patient medication use at home. You’ll never guess what the secret was to finding the cure…

FDA-Approved Drugs are Not Always Safe

A decade long study finds that a third of the drugs approved by the FDA had postmarket safety events. Read how the FDA required manufacturers to add new warnings, provide safety information, and even withdraw some of the drugs from the market.

Pharmacies Fail to Warn Patients of Dangerous Drug Combinations

Watch as reporters test pharmacies by bringing them prescriptions for dangerous drug combinations. Spoiler: Half of the pharmacies issue prescriptions without even a warning.

Experts Say Drug Labels Need a Makeover

Ever think to yourself that the information inside your medicine is too scary, overwhelming, or confusing? The Academy of Medical Sciences says this needs to change.

Should We Have His and Hers Medicine Cabinets?

Learn how a team in Europe found out that the efficacy of certain drugs are different in men and women. Some researchers are even calling for companies to manufacture gender-specific versions of their drugs.

Overprescribing the Elderly

Nearly half of people between the ages of 70 and 79 take at least five pills a day, while for some that number exceeds 20 medications. This report describes the polypharmacy problem, highlights a growing “deprescribing” movement, and offers advice to individuals.

The Little Red Pill Being Pushed in Nursing Homes

Why is a drug prescribed for a condition that affects less than 1% of all Americans selling for nearly $300 million a year? You will never believe the tangled web of deceit from the company, doctors, pharmacists, and even nurses.