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FDA Issues Warning to Pfizer For Not Reporting Side Effects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to drugmaker Pfizer for failing to quickly report serious and unexpected potential side effects from its drugs.

In a 12-page warning letter, the FDA cited examples involving some of the company's best-selling brands, including the impotence drug Viagra, the cholesterol lowering pill Lipitor, and the seizure medicine Lyrica.

According to Reuters:

“... while Viagra and similar medications are known to cause serious visual problems, including blindness, Pfizer failed to report cases related to its drug within the agency's 15-day deadline ‘by misclassifying and/or downgrading reports to non-serious without reasonable justification.’”

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