Wait seven years before taking new drugs: consumer watchdog

In its policy on the topic, Public Citizen says warnings about serious adverse reactions and drug interactions are usually detected within that period. 

In an editorial in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber, the director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, Dr Sidney Wolfe, said that in 1999 they advised consumers to wait five years after FDA approval but upped it to seven after more evidence emerged.

A 2002 study looked at the fate of 548 drugs approved in the US between 1975 and 1999. It found the estimated probability

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