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.
- Buying and Using Medicine Safely (Food and Drug Administration)
- Drug Development Process (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)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Monitoring, reporting and regulating medicine quality: tensions between theory and practice...
- Article: Falsified Drugs in the Opinion of Patients Diagnosed with Cardiovascular Diseases-Nationwide...
- Article: Association between legalization of recreational cannabis and fatal motor vehicle collisions...
- Drug Safety -- see more articles