Postmarket Surveillance: Ethics Cited as Critical Weakness

According to a commentary by former Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee members, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, increased “fast-tracking” of drug approvals (i.e., for medical conditions with no effective treatment)...

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...

PDUFA V: Risk – Benefit Emphasis New

What is new about PDUFA V?   Congress, the media, and the public have a history of boiling down the issue to whether drugs are safe or not safe.  In reality the issue is benefit versus risk.   In addition, this judgement needs to be aligned with that of the patients...

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...

Drug Safety: IOM Pharmacovigilance Report

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee report, recommends that the FDA take proactive steps to continue monitoring drug safety after initial approval and throughout the market lifecycle.   Post-market evidence is far greater than what the FDA has when deciding upon...