In the U.S., the government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve any drug before it can be sold. This is true whether it's a prescription or an over-the-counter drug. The FDA evaluates the safety of a drug by looking at
- Side effects
- How it's manufactured
- Results of animal testing and clinical trials
The FDA also monitors a drug's safety after approval.
For you, drug safety means buying online from only legitimate pharmacies and taking your medicines correctly.
- Codeine Not Safe for Kids, Pediatricians Warn (09/19/2016, HealthDay)
- Combo Drug for Childhood Asthma Appears Safe in Study (08/31/2016, HealthDay)
- FDA Bolsters Warnings about Class of Antibiotics (07/26/2016, HealthDay)
- Drug Development Process (Food and Drug Administration)
- FDA 101: Regulating Biological Products (Food and Drug Administration)
- Is It Really FDA Approved? (Food and Drug Administration)
- MedWatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program (Food and Drug Administration)
- Postmarket Drug Safety Information for Patients and Providers (Food and Drug Administration)
- Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts (Food and Drug Administration)
- What Are Unapproved Drugs and Why Are They on the Market? (Food and Drug Administration)
- Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
- Generic Drugs: Questions and Answers (Food and Drug Administration) Also in Spanish
- Special Risks of Pharmacy Compounding (Food and Drug Administration)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Development and Evaluation of Lipid Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery: Study...
- Article: The Potential of Poly[N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide] via Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization...
- Article: Occurrence of the use of designer drugs in Poland--review of...
- Drug Safety -- see more articles