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Wondering why you’re in a cold sweat? Check Twitter.
Soon, Twitter may be the fastest way to find out the dangerous side effects of your prescription drugs. The FDA may force perscription drug companies to warn people the dangers of their products, not just the benefits, on Twitter, as noted by the Huffington Post.
The new FDA guidelines, which haven’t been finalized yet, call on drug companies to at the least “communicate the most serious risks associated with the product together with the benefit information.” The new guidelines also call for all side effects on bottles to be tweeted as well.
If these rules are implemented, it would be a win for consumers. Drug companies are reluctant to speak on the dangers of their products unless the law legally binds them, as in TV commercials and in fine print on ads. Forcing drug companies to announce the dangers of their products when tweeting the benefits will either slow the rate of promotional tweets or make the public more aware of potential danger, both of which positives.
Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue in the United States. Americans consume 75 percent of all prescription drugs worldwide, with only five percent of the world’s population. Over 100 people die everyday from prescription drug abuse, a death rate that outpaces car accidents, suicide, and even gun deaths.
The FDA has not said when it will make the new guidelines official
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Micah Singleton is a former technology and culture reporter of the Daily Dot and a former staff writer at Gizmodo. His work has also appeared in Time, Yahoo, the Verge, Mashable, ReadWrite, and NBC. Singleton was named a "rising star" by the Huffington Post in 2013.