FDA Accepts Adverse Drug Reaction Reports from Consumers

FDA Accepts Adverse Drug Reaction Reports from Consumers

Sun, 22 Jun 2003

Doctors report only 1% to 10% of adverse drug reactions experienced by their patients to FDA’s MedWatch service. The FDA has extended an invitation to the public to submit adverse drug reaction reports directly to the agency: http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report/consumer/consumer.htm

Mail: Use the postage-paid MedWatch form
Phone: 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088)
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178 (1-800-332-0178)

Antidepressant drugs such as PAXIL (Seroxat, Peroxetine), Prozac (a.k.a. Sarafem), Zoloft, Luvox, and Celexa have been prescribed to millions of people–including children. However, until British media coverage brought into public view these drugs’ severe adverse effects in some who have taken them, those who suffered the consequences, suffered in silence.

Severe Adverse drug-induced effects such as suicidal thoughts and violent suicidal acts were denied by the manufacturers and hidden from public view. That changed when British media coverage brought the issue into public view. The public response in Britain has been phenomenal. See: http://www.ahrp.org/infomail/0503/21.php

In the US the media has thus far remained largely silent about this major public health hazard–probably because of the inordinate influence of the drug industry. The media and scientific journals as well, derive huge incomes from drug advertising.

The Alliance for Human Research Protection urges you to take the opportunity to register your personal experience after taking an SSRI antidepressant (or any drug or medical device) that caused an adverse reaction.

Submit adverse drug reaction reports directly to the the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report/consumer/consumer.htm

Mail: Use the postage-paid MedWatch form
Phone: 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088)
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178 (1-800-332-0178)