Are safety warnings secret drug company business?

Post-market drug safety warnings issued to doctors should be available online for patients too, say researchers

If a doctor receives a safety warning about emerging evidence of harm associated with a medication, does a patient on that drug have a right to know?

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In the modern era of fully informed consent, many would assume the answer is ‘yes’, as a matter of course.

But in Australia — unlike Canada, the US and the UK — safety warnings issued to doctors are not necessarily on the public record.

A group of Australian researchers is making a strong case that they ought to be and have