FDA Pharamacogenomic Biomarker Database

Pharmacogenomics can play an important role in identifying responders and non-responders to medications, avoiding adverse events, and optimizing drug dose. Drug labels may contain information on genomic biomarkers and can describe: Drug exposure and clinical response...

Drug Safety: Tip of the Iceberg

The 10 drugs with the largest numbers of reports sent directly to the FDA by healthcare practitioners and consumers in 2011 in order of frequency are Pradaxa, Coumadin, Levaquin, Carboplatin, Zestril, Cisplatin, Zocor, Cymbalta, Cipro and Bactrim.  It is interesting...

Adverse Preclinical Events – Now What?

Drug development is a complicated, often convoluted process.  The ability to predict drug toxicity in humans from nonclinical data remains a major challenge.  Since you can’t “erase” an adverse event, optimization of preclinical dose selection is...

Drug Labels: Toxicity or Information Overload?

Side effect overload on drug labels has less to do with true toxicity and drug safety than with manufacturer liability.  Examination of more than 5600 drug labels yielded over half a million side effects.  An average drug label and the more commonly prescribed drugs...

Turbulent Blood Flow may Increase Cardiovascular Risk

By utilizing the basic principles of hemodynamics and hydraulics, research suggests that fluid retention is detrimental for the cardiovascular system because it increases the likelihood of turbulent blood flow, regardless of whether or not blood pressure is raised. ...