Study uncovers consumers' misconception about FDA drug approval

09/12/2011 | Reuters

An online survey of almost 3,000 people revealed that 39% think the FDA authorizes only drugs that are "extremely effective," while 25% think only medicines without serious adverse effects are approved. Researchers found that consumers tend to make a better choice when informed about a drug's safety and effectiveness. Steven Woloshin, one of the study's authors, said drug labeling and advertising should remind patients that "new is not necessarily better."

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