Do You Know What FDA Approval of a Drug Means?

Continuing the thread of the difficulty of making good decisions about prescription drugs:

It appears that many of us think that FDA approval of a drug means safer and better…Not so fast: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/12/us-drug-approval-misunderstanding-idUSTRE78B6IK20110912

Once again, Steve Woloshin at the White River Junction VA Med Ctr and his Dartmouth colleagues shine a spotlight on a topic where our decision-making is hindered by a combination of pharmaceutical advertising and lack of clarity about the role (and limitations) of the FDA.

Here’s the link to the abstract of the study: http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/171/16/1463

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