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Detailed Drug Risks in TV Ads ‘Waste of Time,’ FDA Official Says

Long lists of scary prescription drug side effects at the end of television advertisements are a waste of time for patients, one of the U.S.’s top drug regulators said.

“When they give the adverse events, or adverse reactions, it’s this litany of complaints” -- death, or “‘Don’t use if you have MAE1,’” said Richard Pazdur, director of the office of hematology and oncology products at the Food and Drug Administration.