Thursday, February 25, 2010

Prescription drugs that generated the most adverse event reports

In the third quarter of 2009, the number of serious, disabling and fatal adverse drug events reported to the FDA numbered 29,065, compared to 26,809 in the same quarter a year earlier, an 8.4 percent rise. Not surprisingly, given all the recent news reports, the drug with the most adverse events reported (1218) was diabetes drug Avandia. AstraZeneca's antipsychotic Seroquel came in second (977 reported cases). I also recognized two other drugs on the list because they advertise a lot on TV: Cymbalta and Boniva which came in 12th (266 reported cases) and 13th place respectively (249 cases reported). Cymbalta's ad campaign uses the catch phrase "depression hurts" and Boniva's uses actress Sally Field as a celebrity spokesperson. Go here for the full story and a link to the source of the study. Also, just out of curiosity, I went to YouTube and searched "cymbalta." I was looking for a video of a tv commercial but what I found was a bunch of videos of people complaining about the drug and its side effects. In contrast I found lots of videos with Sallie Field advertising Boniva and only one of a consumer complaining about it. UPDATE: (2/26/10)

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