Does the FDA Test Drugs?

Does the FDA Test Drugs?

The pharmaceutical industry is huge and in the past two decades, it has only gotten more expansive. In 2019, worldwide, the pharmaceutical industry brought in $1.25 trillion. That year, Pfizer alone generated $51.7 billion. 

There seems to be no end to the different types of illness and disease that are present in the world. Across the United States, over 66% of the adult population takes at least one prescription drug. More than half of the country’s adult population takes one or more prescription drugs, and the percentage is even higher for those that take over-the-counter medicines.

Prescription and OTC medicines are meant to help people manage their ailments and physical conditions. The idea is that a person is motivated to use medicine to improve their health not make it worse. Yet, every year medicines are approved for market by the Food and Drug Administration that cause so much harm to the public they have to be recalled.

What is the FDA’s Rold in Approving Drugs?

Does the FDA Test DrugsThe drug development process starts with:

  • Identification of a disease or other negative health condition.
  • Discovery of effective components that may offer a therapeutic value.
  • Development of a drug.
  • Preclinical research that examines the efficacy and safety of a drug.
  • Clinical development using trials and volunteers who participate in studies.
  • FDA review of all of the research and data from the trials that were done by the drug development company.
  • FDA Post-market Safety Monitoring if a drug is approved for public use. Drug companies are required to monitor the safety of the drug once in circulation in the population and report any adverse events that arise.

Sometimes even with all of the trials and scrutiny that a drug goes through before it is released, it can still prove to be unsafe. If a drug’s therapeutic benefits are outweighed by its toxicity and deadly outcomes, then it will be recalled. This is because the drug will be considered defective.

While the FDA analyzes all the data that they are given when a drug is submitted to them, they do not actually do any of the testings at the agency. The FDA is looking at information that was supplied to them by the drug development company. In some cases, a drug development company may speed up the testing process to get a drug on the market and make money from it. 

While the FDA is supposed to safeguard this from happening, the FDA does not do its own in-house testing. Rather, they are relying on the information that was given to them to determine safety. As a result, many defective drugs are approved by the FDA which puts patients at risk for severe reactions and death.

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