There is a very startling news that has been disclosed by the Food and Drug Administration that there are thousands of prescription medications such as the cough remedies, pain killer, as well as sedatives that are being sold out by the pharmaceutical companies and these medicines being not approved are being prescribed by physicians and are being dispensed by the pharmacists to millions of people. It was also being stated that these medicines are in the market before the rule was passed for the drugs to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and still these drugs have not been approved as of yet to check whether they are safe or are as effective and whether they have the effective labeling that make the people aware of their benefits, side effects on their labels, as they are being marketed throughout the United States.
The senior officials of the Food and Drug Administration stated that it is very hazardous that these medicines are floating in the market without the run of the proper checks on them so as to establish their safety and this then can lead to a very serious drug safety issue to the consumers and this must be addressed because it is not only the older drugs but it also contains the newer drugs that are present in the market and do pose a serious risk to the users of those medications. The statistic that was provided by the Food and Drug Administration was that these medicines that are not approved by them represent about only 2% of the prescription drugs. It was also added by the Food and Drug Administration that the pharmaceutical companies who are selling these drugs are making millions and millions of dollars in revenue from them on a yearly basis and these drugs cover a broad range of medicines that are not yet approved and have unapproved active ingredients in them.
In another notification from the Food and Drug Administration, they have announced that they will start to sort out the companies who are making these drugs that are illegal, i.e. not approved by the Food and Drug Administration so that they can be labeled as safe drugs for people to use and they said that they will begin a very comprehensive crackdown on these companies who are making these medicines that are unapproved. This is a very important issue that the Food and Drug Administration is focusing on right now because FDA is the regulatory authority to test the medicines before they are launched in the market and these drugs are such that we do not know their effectiveness and we don’t know that whether they are going to cause any side effects that are hazardous for the people and are longer lasting and will cause any impairment of the activities of daily living or disability. These drugs need to be checked for so that it can be ensured that the people who are going to be using that medication will be safe from its harmful effects in the given dosages.
There was also a comment being made mentioning that it is really surprising that there is such a big amount of these prescription drugs that are floating in the market that are not being approved by the Food and Drug Administration and yet a lot of people believe that these medicines are being tested and checked for their safety by the Food and Drug Administration and that is very surprising. The Food and Drug Administration officials said that they are making a detailed report on the different statistics as to what are the different prescription medicines floating in the market that have not received any approval from the Food and Drug Administration and what are the different companies who are involved in the production of these prescription drugs so that proper action can be taken against them and these medicines be removed from the market in consideration of the public safety. They also added that there are certain medication products that come in the market for a short period of time and then vanish and that they will keep a close eye on all the unapproved medications that are there in the market.
The Food and Drug Administration stated that the major unapproved category of the medicines include cough and cold medicines that have antihistamines, narcotics with single ingredient, as well as sedatives that are present in the market. The other category of medicines that are unapproved belong to the class of the anti-inflammatory drugs, drugs related to the gastrointestinal tract, as well as a lot of other products. The officials of the Food and Drug Administration also said that they do not know exactly for sure as to how many medicines are out there that are currently being used as the prescription drugs but they think that that is a huge number that they are looking at.
The Food and Drug Administration officials have said that a lot of the doctors and the pharmacists would not consider that some of the medications that are being prescribed as unapproved by the FDA because these medicines are being marketed in the medical journals as well as in the Physicians’ Desk Reference. The manufacturers on the other hand say that the FDA should not take pull the medications out from the market because they have been proven effective and that the patients have not reported any side effects from them, but this view of the manufacturers was being rejected by the Food and Drug Administration.
It would be a very good step by the Food and Drug Administration to put a proper check on the medications that have been in the market but are not approved as of yet, so that these medicines can be checked for their safety levels and that it would be made sure that the patients receiving the medications are the right medicines and that would not damage their health in any way.