Last September, Congress approved a major drug safety bill requiring that all drug print ads include adverse event reporting info, such as a toll-free telephone number and an easy-to-use web site. But as Consumers Union notes, the FDA must conduct a study to be completed in March to determine whether the same info should also be included in TV ads.
And so the consumer-advocacy group is circulating a petition that it hopes will attract at least 50,000 signatures, which will then be sent to the FDA to "demand" the agency include the same adverse-event reporting info on TV ads.
"If the FDA is really serious about finding out how drugs work in the millions of people who take them each day, it should make it as easy as possible for consumers to report side effects,” Kim Witczak, founder of the drug safety group, WoodyMatters, and co-author of the petition, says in a statement. "Safety problems sometimes emerge when a drug is on the market and taken by millions of people. Adverse event reporting can provide the FDA with real-time information about problem medicines.”
So far, we're told nearly 10,000 signatures have been gathered. This is the petition.