1 Out of 5 New Drugs Result in Serious Undetected Safety Issues


A study indicating that new drugs carry a 1 in 5 chance of causing unknown adverse side effects prompt a commentary in the Archives of Internal Medicine advocating for a special warning for three years after a drug’s initial approval: “New Drug: Caution Indicated.”

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Of further interest:
Should new drugs wear ‘proceed with caution’ labels? (Fierce Pharma)

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Absolutely absurd. Every drug, 5/5, have had serious adverse “side effects” that only came to be known after the drugs were FDA approved.

    I doubt there has ever been a drug that was released and then 20 years later there were no new significant dangers known about it.

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  2. Right on, Jeffrey C.

    I know enough about “science” the hard way that I now know better than to read this junk as some kind of unprejudicial “truth”.

    I would be in a much better place in my life right now had my path not crossed with so much “science” in the form of polypharmacy psych drugging.

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