WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Men's Health Network (MHN) announced today it has launched a new public educationinitiative aimed at consumers, the healthcare community and policymakers to raise awareness about the risks associated with prescribing and taking unapproved drugs that have not been subjected to the rigorous Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review
"Patients, health practitioners and policymakers should be fully aware that, because they were introduced prior to existing regulations, several important prescription drug products have NOT gone through critical FDA evaluations for safety and efficacy," said Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni, Pharm.D., of the Belmont University School of Pharmacy and Scientific Advisor to Men's Health Network. "Through the 'Know the Facts' campaign, we hope to shed light on the dangers represented by unapproved drugs, which account for an estimated 72 million prescriptions a year to American consumers. FDA is working hard to address this issue and we applaud and support this effort. Protecting access, while protecting quality and safety, is the right thing to do for all Americans."
Specifically, the "Know the Facts" campaign:
FDA Initiative on Unapproved Drugs
In 2006, FDA instituted a "Compliance Policy Guide," or CPG, which outlined its approach to addressing the problem of medicines that are marketed without FDA approval. Many of these products were introduced prior to current FDA review standards and are widely used. The CPG described the FDA's right to enforcement action to stop the manufacture of unapproved drugs due to safety concerns, stating in part that "FDA intends to evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether justification exists...to allow continued marketing for some period of time after FDA determines that a product is being marketed illegally."
To access "Know the Facts" campaign materials, including an informative and educational white paper, "Unapproved Drugs in America," please visit Men's Health Network's Policy Center at http://www.menshealthpolicy.com/drugsafety.
About Men's Health Network
Men's Health Network, established in 1992, is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. For more information please visit www.menshealthnetwork.org or follow MHN on Twitter: @MensHlthNetwork
SOURCE Men's Health Network
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