The list includes a wide array of drugs, fromThe FDA has already sent out warnings on a handful of the drugs on the list. For instance, the report lists TNF blockers - such as
Eli Lilly & Co.'s (LLY) anti- depressant Cymbalta to Purdue Pharma LP's powerful painkiller Oxycontin. It also addresses a range of adverse reactions, including cardiac arrest, cancer and Purple Glove Syndrome, which can result in patients having their arms amputated.
But there appear to be new ones, too. The report lists
The intention is for patients and doctors to use the list to be aware of potential adverse events and to encourage them to report any problems with the drugs to the FDA. The list doesn't represent a comprehensive list of drugs the FDA is investigating, Seligman said.
The report is generated from the agency's adverse-event-reporting database. That compilation consists of voluntary reports from patients and health-care professionals, and is widely considered to capture only a fraction of the actual adverse events associated with any given drug.
Seligman said the FDA is hopeful the quarterly reports will encourage people to report adverse events.
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