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Study: Communicating health risk is a risky task for FDA
Date:1/19/2012

in February 1995, but large changes in cisapride co-prescribing were not observed until after the third alert sent in June 1998.

A fourth category, recommendations to increase clinical or laboratory monitoring for patients taking certain drugs, produced "no evidence of a large or sustained impact of the FDA recommendations." For example, recommendations to monitor patients using antipsychotic medications for hyperlipidemia and diabetes showed no changes in glucose testing following the FDA advisory.

Part of the problem, the authors emphasize, is the challenge of communicating complex risk messages to a large, diverse audience. "The most effective communications were the simplest, those that were specific, where alternatives were available, and where the messaging was reinforced over time," said Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, lead author from Harvard Medical School.


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Contact: John Easton
John.Easton@uchospitals.edu
773-795-5225
University of Chicago Medical Center
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