Drugs: Those Adverse Effects

Pharmaceutical manufacturers have been accused, and one has been convicted, of suppressing reports of adverse reactions to their drugs. Last week a major drugmaker pleaded to have such bad news made more widely available.

Dr. Daniel L. Shaw Jr., medical director of Wyeth Laboratories, told the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Asso ciation that reports of adverse reactions now go to the Food and Drug Administration, which compiles them in a monthly review. Relayed to press and public, review items often cause alarm. But they consist largely of unevaluated "raw data"; many of the cases, said Dr. Shaw, have not been checked to...

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