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ASHINGTON — In 2007, after a number of dangerous medicines were pulled off the market, Congress ordered the Food and Drug Administration to set up an early warning system to detect other harmful drugs before more people died.

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  • Perhaps if drug labels and information sheets were required to include a link to the Medwatcher app, more patients would self-report concerning side effects. This easy to use app was developed to report adverse events to FDA for drugs and for medical devices, and can be found at http://www.medwatcher.org.

  • Perhaps it is time to go back to scientific data testing of “new” or “improved” drugs BEFORE they go on the market.

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