May 6, 10:32 PMHealthy Living ExaminerNorma Erickson
Most people believe their doctors are knowledgeable and able provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment for any ailment. When you consider a doctor may see twenty or more patients per day, all with a different conditions, asking them to find time to research and interpret new drug information may be asking too much.
In a society where most physicians are buried up to their eyeballs in paperwork and patients, one can hardly expect the average doctor to find the time to keep up with the information regarding the safety and effectiveness of each and every medication they prescribe. Yet, that is exactly what patients do expect.
After all, in March 2010, the FDA approved ten new drugs and published four new drug safety communications. Multiply that by a year. Researching and interpreting the new drug information would be a full time job for an expert, not to mention an overworked physician. So, doctors tend to rely on the FDA. After all, isn’t it their job to protect the public health?