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F.D.A. Is Urged to Issue More Alerts About Drug Risks
New York Times

The Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to issue “safety signals” when it is alerted to potential health risks of prescription drugs isn’t working well to notify the public or guide doctors to alternative medicines, new research indicates.

In an article published online Monday in The Archives of Internal Medicine, doctors who wrote a two-page research letter said about half of the potential “safety signals” about adverse events listed on the F.D.A.’s Web site from 2008 to the end of 2010 resulted in labeling changes, but most were listed in an “updated Warnings and Precautions section” without guidance as to what action should be taken.