Institute of Medicine workshop: advising the FDA, improving drug safety
There's currently a two-day workshop convening at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to gather experts' advice for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Highlights of an expert panel on the first day include:
- "Toning down" drug advertisements to temper patient expectations
- Providing simpler display strategies (e.g. graphics, charts, tables) for comparing risks and benefits of different therapeutic options to aid patients and clinicians with the decision-making process
- Continuing efforts to simplify drug labels
There is also a pending Institute of Medicine report, expected to be released in July 2006, examining the FDA's practices for assessment of drug safety, focusing particularly on improving the national system for post-marketing surveillance of potential additional adverse effects. The IOM site contains meeting agendas, transcripts, and audio files of open meetings related to this project to date.