Tell Congress: Improve Health Safety - Give Experts the Authority to Act and Protect
People who use a drug called Avandia have a 43 percent increase in their risk of heart failures says a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The FDA has known about the increased risk for FIVE years. The scientists at the FDA recommended the labels include information about the large number of reports of heart failure in patients taking Avandia and Actos in 2002.
The FDA did not make the suggested changes.
Right now there is an opportunity to correct the practices at the FDA that lead to this mishap. Currently, the drug safety division monitors drugs after they have been approved yet they have no power to act on important safety findings. Senators Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced legislation to give the safety division more authority. The FDA Revitalization Act recently passed the Senate but it has not yet passed the House and can be amended with the Dodd/Grassley legislation.
Write your Member of Congress today. Tell them to give the FDA experts the power to act on safety issues.