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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Monday, November 22, 2004

JAMA Editors Call for New Agency to Monitor Drugs

As the Vioxx issue continues to concern many Americans, the December 1st issue of JAMA contains six articles concerning the conflicts of interest that exist in the current method of drug approval and the need for better postmarketing  surveillance.  In an editorial entitled, Postmarketing Surveillance--Lack of Vigilance, Lack of Trust, several JAMA editors called for the creation of a new and independent group, separate from the FDA, to monitor drug safety after a drug have been released on the market.  They further call on Congress to provide the necessary funding for such an independent group.

A preview of the December 1st volume may be found at JAMA's website.  The New York Times provides a further brief report on these issues.

If you are interested in learning more about what JAMA might be publishing in the future, you can register at JAMA's website to receive the table of contents of upcoming issues via e-mail.

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