FDA Unaware of Most Drug Complaints; Doctors Not Required to Report Adverse Side Effects
Byline: Joyce Howard Price, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Food and Drug Administration receives more than 300,000 reports annually about adverse effects caused by drugs on the market, but officials say those reports don't include most patients' concerns because local health care professionals are not required to report complaints to the federal level.
"We've always estimated we get about 10 percent of all reports," said Dr. Paul Seligman, director of the FDA's Office of Pharmacoepidemiolgy and Statistical Science.
A Harvard study two years ago, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, cited previous research that estimated only 10 percent …
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