The Need for Greater Drug Safety

The Need for Greater Drug Safety

The Need for Greater Drug Safety 150 150 Dan Frith

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making encouraging moves to strengthen its regulation of drugs that are already on the market. But the changes fall far short of what’s needed to protect millions of unsuspecting patients whose adverse effects may show up only after years of use. The agency has traditionally focused on the drug-approval process to determine if a drug is safe and effective. Unfortunately, by that time a drug has typically been tested in only a few hundred or a few thousand patients – too few for many kinds of adverse effects to become apparent. Once the drug is being used by millions, the agency has limited powers to halt sales that begin to look risky.

Read what the New York Times has to say.

About the author

Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at

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