Study: Americans Don't Understand Drug Approvals

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A new study reveals Americans don't understand that newer isn't always better -- when it comes to recently approved medications.

A survey of 3,000 people found one quarter of participants believed the FDA only approves drugs without serious side effects. Thirty-nine percent thought only extremely effective drugs are approved.

The truth is an FDA approval means the benefits of a drug are thought to outweigh any potential harm -- but questions about its safety and effectiveness remain for several years.

When study participants were told that newer isn't always better -- more said they would chose an older, more proven drug over the newest medication on the market

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