How to ensure the long-term safety of chronic use drugs?

Drug safety may be underestimated for chronic-use drugs.  The FDA has placed more resources and requirements in evaluating drugs premarket than it does in monitoring what happens to patients after years of taking a medication.  Drugs that have recently underscored the...

Why is naming a drug so difficult?

In February 2010 the FDA published “Guidance for Industry on the Contents of a Complete Submission for the Evaluation of Proprietary Names” (Guidance), which describes in detail the FDA’s evaluation methodology for proposed proprietary drug names.  By carefully...

Blockbuster Drug Potential: Importance of Risk Management

Prior to drug approval, a potential new drug is usually subjected to the scrutiny of an expert advisory panel, selected by the FDA, who recommend whether or not the product should be marketed.   These recommendations are non-binding.  Industry analysts looked at...