Have you ever wondered what sort of side effects or adverse drug reactions are being reported to the FDA and how experts may interpret that data?  Well, then this is the episode for you.  Here we take a report that is probably more accessed by people who work in healthcare vs. the general public (even though it is a publicly accessible report) and dissect it in order to pull out some of the “juiciest” parts that may not be known by American consumers. The report is an annual report that was written last year by a non-profit called the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) as part of their QuarterWatch report releases.

Show note links:

Drug Safety Labeling Changes – visit this page on the FDA’s website to find out which medications have newly released black boxed warnings or other labeling updates of importance!

Here’s the link to the QuarterWatch Annual Report Issue that we focus on during this episode. It’s 25 pages long. So grab your glasses, coffee, your highlighter and be prepared to take in a bunch of information that could completely change your perspective on a number of drugs.

Here are the links to the two other reports that have been released since this annual report was released: the first report is dated November 2017 and is titled Safety Signals for Two Novel Drugs and the other report is dated January 2018 and is titled Safety Profiles of Newer Contraceptives.

As always, here’s the link to report your side effects , also called adverse drug reactions, and if you prefer to call instead: Call 1-800-332-1088) because there’s a severe under-reporting of side effects occurring in the U.S. primarily due to the voluntary nature of reporting (voluntary for healthcare providers and patients, not for manufacturers…or at least during the manufacturer’s “normal course of business”).  So, please do your part to improve this public health problem and report!