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Reports of drug side effects increase fivefold in 12 years

more adverse drug reactions, but also more reporting from doctors and patients.

1 million reports a year

According to a USA Today article More than 1 million reports of drug side effects were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015, a fivefold increase since 2004.

Numbers aren’t final for 2016, but are expected to match that all-time high.

Drugs used to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, a type of cancer and diabetes are among those with the greatest number of reports. Many of the drugs are for conditions that occur in 1% or less of the population, but several have seen increasing use in recent years.

Not only drug companies are reporting

For years, the FDA’s adverse events system has been derided because of its largely voluntary nature — only drug companies, not doctors or patients, are required to report problems. As a result, the system likely only was capturing a small percentage of cases.

In recent years, the number of reports filed has been multiplying, mainly as a result of more accessible reporting platform by the FDA that enable non corporate entities that are oblige to report to also take part in reporting on safety hazards and side effects. doctors, pharmacists and ordinary people who report on side effect provide the FDA with a better picture of what real life adverse drug reactions look like, as their reports are voluntary and based on personal testimony, rather than the obligation of a drug company to report a side effect when they are aware of one.

A link to the full article here

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