This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.
January 25, 2008
List of problem prescription drugs is growing
An increasing number of prescription drugs - some that have been widely promoted through seductive advertising - are turning out to have problems long after they've reached the market. With more than 40 percent of the U.S. population taking at least one prescription medication, the ever-growing list of medication concerns is drawing public attention and a sharp eye from consumer watchdogs. Research within the past week has raised questions about Vytorin, a popular cholesterol-lowering drug, and an analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested doctors and patients may have been misled about the effectiveness of many antidepressants.