Report on Unapproved Drugs

A 2007 CNN report highlighted the issue of unapproved drugs and the lack of healthcare professional awareness that some of the drugs they prescribe and dispense have never been approved by the FDA.

“I think most doctors, maybe all doctors, assume that if a medication is on the market, it has been approved by the FDA, it must be safe and effective,” American Medical Association President Ron Davis said.

“Pharmacists would appear to be no better informed about the status of their drugs. A recent survey showed more than nine out of 10 retail pharmacists didn’t know they could be dispensing drugs not yet approved by the FDA”

“Many Drugs slip through regulatory ‘black hole’”; 9/26/2007