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U.S. Has Drug Recall Problem Says a Recent Study

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

In a new study, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the researchers found that the FDA issued official public notices for only about half of the recalls deemed the most serious, called Class I recalls.

The FDA offers this communication service, and we anticipate that a lot of providers may rely on it and in doing so may not be getting the information they need when drugs are recalled,” said Joshua Gagne, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and one of the authors of the study.

Gagne and his colleagues analyzed eight years of data from the FDA’s Enforcement Reports and the archives of the agency’s two chief drug recall-reporting systems: the Recall Alert System and the FDA MedWatch Safety Alert database. According to the study, FDA records show 1,734 drug recalls from 2004 to 2011; 91 of those recalls were tagged Class I recalls, meaning they had the greatest likelihood to cause patients serious harm,  even death.

Read more:  http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/06/04/u-s-has-drug-recall-problem-study-says/

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