Is Your Medication on the FDA Watch List?

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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If you have ever experienced a serious reaction to a medication, you are not alone. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine reported that more than 2 million serious adverse drug reactions occur each year. The FDA keeps track of these serious events through a reporting system and releases them quarterly. This system, the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS), is a database that contains information on adverse events and medication error reports that have been submitted.

As of March 31st, 2017, the FDA released their current list of medications that have potentially serious risks or new safety information. If you are currently taking a medication on this list, feel free to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about the risks.

If you ever experience any serious reactions to a medication, you can report your event to the FDA’s MedWatch website. MedWatch allows you to voluntarily report a serious adverse event, product quality problem, product use error or therapeutic inequivalence/failure that you suspect is associated with the use of an FDA-regulated drug, biologic, medical device, dietary supplement or cosmetic. You can report suspected counterfeit medical products to MedWatch as well.

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