There must be one specific FDA taskforce reviewing the package inserts of prescription drugs.

Recently, we’ve seen dramatic changes regarding possible negative effects. Basically, prescription drugs are far more dangerous than we’re led to believe. The FDA is catching up on their part and forcing drug makers to include much more information.

Regardless of how much information a drug maker offers, it seems that most of us – doctors and patients alike – pay little attention.

Consider the TV commercials. A warning about increased risk of heart attacks or even suicide are advertised, but who believes them? Drug sales continue to escalate. Nobody believes the warnings – or they assume the problems will happen to someone else.

If nobody heeds the warnings, why does our FDA insist that drug makers add warnings to their packaging? Think of it in the same way we’re instructed to have smoke detectors in our homes. Nobody comes around to see if we actually have them, but they are still required.

Like smoke detectors, published drug warnings only seem to gain recognition when there’s a problem and lawyers get involved. When a homeowner fails to have a working smoke detector and has a fire, their insurance company can legitimately deny a claim because of a failure to obey the law.

Likewise, a drug maker can make the same claim if a the user suffers from using the drug. “You’ve been warned!”

Another benefit to adding dire warnings is the protection it could afford the FDA. They’re doing their best to inform users to read and heed the warnings they insist upon.

Please read your inserts.