As new drugs enter the market seemingly on a daily basis, the importance of pharmacovigilance is increasing. Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to drug safety and for good reasons. Some of the practices in place are effective, while others are wrong and misleading. How can the average person know what's safe and what's not when it comes to drugs? Here are some of today's drug safety methods that just aren't what they seem.
Scientifically Proven Medication May Be Flawed
When consumers hear a particular drug is scientifically proven to be effective, it's somewhat misleading. What we don't know is the duration of the effectiveness and how it changes over time. Many studies only cover a limited amount of time so people don't know the real story behind the science. The words "scientifically proven" aren't lies by any means, but there may be more behind the story than the public knows about.
The FDA May Not Be Doing Due Diligence
Pharmacovigilance goes into effect every time a new drug hits the market. The FDA is required to monitor the safety and effects of every drug in the industry. However, the FDA may not have been doing a great job of that in recent years. Some records show data is outdated and incomplete, along with inaccuracies in results. These negative reports may be due to a lack of pharmacovigilance training or other issues, but either way, it's clear the FDA hasn't been doing its due diligence in this regard.
Fast-Track May Not Be the Right Track
More than 20 years ago, the FDA implemented a fast-track program to expedite drugs designed to treat severe illnesses and diseases to the consumer market. The program essentially approves drugs and treatments much faster.
While this process seems beneficial on the surface, some believe approvals happen too quickly. If studies are incomplete before a drug is approved, it could lead to other issues. The current treatment may be effective for the relevant disease, but it could also cause another disease or illness in turn.
These are just a few ways drug safety methods are going wrong today. Our pharmacovigilance professionals are the best at what they do, and our priority is to help protect your company and patients with the highest level of drug safety practices. Get in touch with us to learn more about our practices.