FDA Watch

 

Why a Parkinson’s Drug Should Be Pulled From the Market

August 14, 2018
Why a Parkinson’s Drug Should Be Pulled From the Market

Since Nuplazid launched in June 2016, the FDA has received more than 700 reports of deaths linked to it. The FDA should pull this drug from the market.

Why Is the US Behind in Sunscreen Protection?

August 7, 2018
Why Is the US Behind in Sunscreen Protection?

The rest of the world has sunscreens with more advanced ingredients than in the US. Why are we behind in protecting against skin cancer?

Patient Power: Thwarting Sales of a Dangerous Device

July 31, 2018
The Power of Patients in Stopping Sales of a Dangerous Device

Bayer will stop selling Essure, a permanent birth control device fraught with issues, by the end of the year. Much of the reason is because of patients reporting adverse events.

Relying Too Much on Complementary Therapies Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

July 24, 2018
Relying Too Much on Complementary Therapies Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Complementary therapies should be just that: a complement, not a substitute, for proven treatments. Don’t rely on them alone.

The Lost Voice in the Opioid Epidemic Debate

July 17, 2018
The Lost Voice in the Opioid Epidemic Debate

Patients who need Rx opioids for chronic pain say it has been getting harder to obtain them. How do you fight opioid abuse without harming patients?

The Increasing Influence of Big Pharma on FDA Drug Advisory Committees

July 10, 2018
The Increasing Influence of Big Pharma on FDA Drug Advisory Committees

Many FDA advisory committee members later receive kickbacks from the very pharma companies whose drug they approved. How can we stem conflicts of interest?

Drugs Are Being Approved Faster, But Do Patients Really Benefit?

June 26, 2018
Drugs Are Being Approved Faster, But Are Patients Really Benefiting?

While many drugs are being approved more rapidly, are they much of an improvement over existing medications? What are the implications of faster drug approvals for patients?

Make Your Voice Heard in Patient-Focused Drug Development

June 20, 2018

An FDA meeting early next month will focus on developing drugs for chronic pain and patient input on the topic will be emphasized. Find out how your voice can be heard in the drug development process.

Suicide and Mental Illness: The Forgotten Health Crises in America

June 12, 2018
Suicide and Mental Illness: The Forgotten Health Crises in America

The suicides of 2 high-profile individuals has renewed focus on mental illness the same week a CDC report found a drastic rise in suicide rates. Are we approaching, treating and funding mental health appropriately and what more can be done?

What One Nordic Country Can Teach Us About Healthy Living

June 5, 2018
What One Nordic Country Can Teach Us About Healthy Living

What can a country where sheep outnumber residents by about 2.5:1 teach the US about living more healthy? Plenty.

Why School Shootings Are as Much Public Health Issues as They Are Gun Control Ones

May 22, 2018
Why School Shootings Are as Much Public Health Issues as They Are Gun Control Ones

It’s time to face the reality that the epidemic of school shootings is as much a public health issue as it is a gun control issue. It will take a combination of approaches to end. And we must put politics aside.

Can Hot Dogs Influence the Drugs a Doctor Prescribes?

May 15, 2018

A stroll around the exhibit area of the American Psychiatric Association Conference demonstrates how pharma marketing can influence the prescribing patterns of doctors — possibly at the expense of patients’ health.