Friday , October 20 2017
Home / Letter From The Editor / Letter from the Editor: Prescription Drug Approval and Public Perception

Letter from the Editor: Prescription Drug Approval and Public Perception

As we grapple with the burgeoning diabetes problem we often have a less than favorable opinion as medical professionals of seemingly endless tests that the FDA requires for new drug and device approvals. Now a new study by Lisa M. Schwartz, MD, MS, and Steven Woloshin, MD, MS, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, points out some of the misconceptions that the general public has about new drug approvals.

In their study of nearly 3,000 participants they found that a substantial proportion of the public mistakenly believes that the FDA approves only extremely effective drugs and drugs lacking serious side effects, and they are often surprised when their medications don’t do what they expect or when side effects occur. To read a synopsis of the study, see Communicating Uncertainties About Prescription Drugs to the Public.

We are certainly going to need those new medications as a report from the EASD meeting in Lisbon indicates that we are now up to 366 million diabetes patients worldwide, an increase of over 20% in only 2 years. To read more and see what these experts figure will happen in the next 20 years check out this week’s Item #1, EASD: Diabetes Estimate Now 366 Million.

*****

Announcements:

TCOYD Conference and Health Fair, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida, Saturday, October 1, 2011

Join Steven Edelman, MD and Special Guest, Kim Lyons, former trainer on The Biggest Loser, for a day focused on diabetes health and wellness.

dLife.com: September 18, 7PM ET on CNBC

Topics: An in-depth look at the special issues seniors with diabetes face as they age. Plus, dLife asks you how your spouse helps, or hinders, your diabetes health. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

Please answer this week’s poll: At what point would you initiate Basal Insulin in a Type 2 with no CVD risk factors already on 2000mg/day of metformin?

Vote in and then see results from previous polls here.

*****************************
We can make a difference!
*****************************

Check out this week’s “Test Your Diabetes Knowledge” question!

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief