COVID-19 has exacerbated a backlog of domestic and foreign drug manufacturing inspections that the FDA is still too short-staffed to adequately deal with.
Vaccine manufacturing is complex, with lots of potential points for errors. But it also has extensive quality control checks and approvals.
The FDA recalled commonly used heartburn and ulcer medication ranitidine in April 2020. But new research suggests less reason for alarm.
Health Canada devotes far more resources to getting new drugs onto the market compared to making sure that drugs already being sold are safe.
Will a vaccine for COVID-19 be safe? Animal testing, human clinical trials and post-approval surveillance give us good grounds to believe that a future approved vaccine will work and be safe.
The idea that we can sit down calmly and rationally and explain to our children how they can take drugs safely overlooks a bundle of emotional issues.
There are many ways to reduce harm from drugs at music festivals beyond the much publicised pill testing. Here’s what else we can do.
Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
A new book, ‘The Thalidomide Catastrophe,’ raises new questions about the conduct of corporations involved. It is the duty of governments to find out the answers.
The FDA recently issued a draft guidance for testing drugs in pregnant women. Here’s why it’s a good thing.
There’s a common, popular and well-studied method to ensure new technologies are safe and effective for public use – even if researchers don’t fully understand how they work.
Health Canada proposes to increase fees to the pharmaceutical industry for prescription drug approval. This will compromise drug safety and is a risk to the health of the Canadian public.
A panel of experts has ruled that Primodos did not cause birth defects. But what’s the science behind their decision?
By exploiting the way yeast cells mate, researchers have figured out a quicker, easier way to identify on- and off-target drug interactions.
Recent reports of dangerous side effects and even early death from heartburn medications have led some to question whether this is the right medication for them.
It’s easy to overdose on the recreational drug GHB, as recent cases in Melbourne show.
An important new study in the United States has found doctors who receive just one cheap meal from a drug company tend to prescribe a lot more of that company’s products.
The view of many doctors that “I don’t let myself be influenced” might be the biggest barrier to change.
A new study finds that folic acid can block the effect of drugs used to treat bipolar disorder.
Thalidomide was marketed as a safe, sleep-inducing drug, but when taken during pregnancy it could cause severe birth defects.