Magazine article Drug Topics

Public Expects R.Ph.S, M.D.S to Ensure Safety

Magazine article Drug Topics

Public Expects R.Ph.S, M.D.S to Ensure Safety

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Americans rely more on their pharmacist and physician to ensure the safety of the medicines they take than they do on the Food & Drug Administration or pharmaceutical companies, according to a nationwide consumer survey. What's more, the public rates R.Ph.s and physicians about 20 percentage points higher than it does the FDA or drug manufacturers.

The findings were part of a telephone poll of 1,000 randomly selected adults conducted last month by the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation, an advocacy group that urges free market initiatives over government programs. It is among several conservative organizations actively pushing the new Republican Congress to make major changes in the way the FDA regulates drugs, medical devices, and other products.

Ninety percent of the survey respondents said that their R.Ph. or physician was extremely or somewhat effective in ensuring the safety of the goods and services they purchased. For the FDA, the figure was 74% and for drug firms 69%. …

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