My doctor wants to prescribe a new prescription drug for me. Should I take it?

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Whether or not you choose to take a new prescription drug is a choice that should be made after a conversation between you and your doctor. Prescription drugs in the U.S. typically do not come on the market quickly, and it normally takes years and years of testing and research before a new drug is approved. As a result, most prescription drugs are safe when they go on the market.

However, many drugs are overhyped, and doctors frequently believe the hype. Researchers from a Boston hospital just released a study showing that when a drug is labeled as a “breakthrough”, doctors often misinterpret that and believe that the drug does more than it really does.

In 2012, Congress gave the FDA the power to designate a drug as a “breakthrough therapy” if evidence shows that it has an advantage over existing medications. A survey of 700 doctors found that many doctors tend to overprescribe drugs that are labeled as a “breakthrough therapy”. Also, over half of doctors believe that strong evidence from trials is need for a drug to be labeled as a “breakthrough”, when that is not actually the case. Many drugs that are labeled as breakthrough drugs are not actually breakthrough drugs, because they don’t provide any better treatment over what is already available. The FDA has labeled 76 drugs as “breakthrough therapies” through April 2015, but very few have had a major impact on Americans’ health.

The bottom line is that while you should trust the advice of your doctor, before taking a new prescription drug, you should ask questions. Carefully evaluate how it is different from other drugs currently on the market, and determine whether it is right for you.

If you believe that you have been harmed by a prescription drug, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call us today or visit our Twitter page to learn more. 

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