Flimsy evidence behind many FDA approvals

15/08/2017 Reuters: Health News 0

(Reuters Health) – Many drugs granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack clear evidence of safety and effectiveness, and the same is true for most high-risk medical devices, according to two new reports in the Jour…

Flimsy evidence behind many FDA approvals

15/08/2017 Reuters: Health News 0

(Reuters Health) – Many drugs granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lack clear evidence of safety and effectiveness, and the same is true for most high-risk medical devices, according to two new reports in the Jour…

Drug-related deaths in Scotland more than double in 10 years

15/08/2017 Damien Gayle 0

Calls for Holyrood to go it alone and reform law after data shows rate of death two and half times that of UK as a whole

More than twice as many people are dying from drug use in Scotland than a decade ago, according to figures that show the country’s rate of drug-related deaths is two and a half times that of the UK as a whole.

A total of 867 people in Scotland died after using illegal or prescription drugs in 2016, 23% more than a year earlier, and 106% more than in 2006, figures from National Records of Scotland show. Heroin and opioids were implicated in 88% of those deaths.

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