Drug Safety and Investigating the Science of Side Effects

It’s impossible to have a drug with no side effects

Investigating the Science of Side Effects, by @SenseAboutSci, on Flickr
@senseaboutsci, a charity that equips people to make sense of science and evidence.

Most medical research aims to discover more about health and to find new ways to treat or prevent diseases. Within this, the science of how to make drugs safer has received relatively little research funding and attention. This is despite the fact that side effects (known as adverse drug reactions) are both a big public health concern and a major barrier to the development of new medicines.

Experiencing side effects is unpleasant, and not understanding them is frustrating. While it’s impossible to have a drug with no side effects, this guide explains why they happen and what can be done about them.

The Making Sense of Drug Safety Science  new guide form was developed in collaboration with the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science at the University of Liverpool, 13 Nov 2013.


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