According to new reports, government uncovers too few of the injuries and deaths caused by prescription drug side effects.
Recent studies suggest that an estimated 2 million Americans are hospitalized annually from drug side effects, and 100,000 die.
Interestingly, the FDA does not require injuries and deaths caused by prescription drug side effects to be reported. All events are done so voluntarily.
The new reports have discovered that new drugs are tested on only a few hundred to a few thousand patients before they’re sold to millions of people. Rare side effects that didn’t show up in small clinical trials may easily wind up hurting hundreds of people.
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ABC News: Tracking Drug Side-Effects
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