Two views on one topic

Two views on one topic

Here’s how two news outlets covered the same article from the Archives of Internal Medicine

Wall Street Journal: Drug Alerts Overlooked

A new study of medicines prescribed in the U.S. has found that many patients are told to use drugs with “black box” warnings even though those drugs aren’t suitable for their medical needs.

PharmaLive: Study Examines Violations of Prescription Drugs’ Black Box Warnings in Outpatient Settings

Less than 1 percent of outpatients who received medication in 2002 were prescribed a medication that violated a prescription drug’s black box warning, according to a study in the February 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

The PharmaLive article is misleading, because very few drugs have black box warnings in the first place. If there is no black box warning then of course it can’t be violated. When there were black box warnings, prescribers ignored them 7% of the time.

February 14, 2006

One thought on “Two views on one topic”

  1. David,

    I realize that Black Boxes are different, but what about off-label indications for pediatrics?

    If I stuck to the strictest interpretation of labelled indications I’d be severely hamstrung with respect to the drugs I could prescribe for kids.



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