Despite monitoring the same drugs, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States issued the same drug warnings only seven per cent of the time over a 10-year period.
Health Canada devotes far more resources to getting new drugs onto the market compared to making sure that drugs already being sold are safe.
A lab technician holds a vial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate during testing at the Chula Vaccine Research Center, run by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand on May 25, 2020.
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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.
Festival goers bring their phones. So why not use them to receive tweets about high-dose drugs in circulation, as the UK is doing?
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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.
Human challenge studies can be useful to test new vaccines and are increasingly being used internationally. Yet there are several ethical issues to consider.
Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
An animal experiment in a laboratory of the pharmaceutical company “Chemie Gruenenthal,” which manufactured the drug Thalidomide, in West Germany in 1969. Thalidomide was prescribed by doctors as a mild sleeping pill and for relief of morning sickness but caused the miscarriage and birth of thousands of children with severe malformations globally.
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The FDA recently issued a draft guidance for testing drugs in pregnant women.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.
People have to pass road tests – so should self-driving cars.
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’s intention to increase the fees drug makers pay for the drug approval process threatens to compromise drug safety and the health of the Canadian public.
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?
What can mating yeast tell us about new drugs?
By exploiting the way yeast cells mate, researchers have figured out a quicker, easier way to identify on- and off-target drug interactions.
Many people take heartburn medications for longer than they should.
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.
People who take GHB at dance parties say it makes them feel euphoric and less inhibited. But the drug is easy to overdose on.
It's easy to overdose on the recreational drug GHB, as recent cases in Melbourne show.
Even cheap dinners were found to influence prescribing habits.
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.
Medicines drug companies peddle as safe aren’t always.
The view of many doctors that “I don’t let myself be influenced” might be the biggest barrier to change.
Drugs can help – but what happens when you mix them?
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.
Documents reveal thalidomide's manufacturer was warned about possible harms as early as 1956.
Combination drugs are considered an innovation of India's medicines industry but they are not as safe as they should be.
Dora Akunyili: few and far between.
Centre for Strategic & International Studies
With the death of Nigeria’s Dora Akunyili, a passionate campaigner against falsified and substandard medicines, the fight against fake drugs in Africa just got more difficult. Akunyili was director-general…