The FDA and Psychiatric Drugs: How a Drug Is Approved

The FDA and Psychiatric Drugs: How a Drug Is Approved

by Joan Esherick
     
 

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Imagine taking a medication meant to heal you only to discover that the drug rotted your bones, made your teeth fall out, and filled you with a radioactive element called radium. Pittsburgh industrialist Eben Byers didn't have to imagine. It happened to him, and he died as a result. Mr. Byers fell victim to 'patent medicines' sold in the early twentieth century.

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Imagine taking a medication meant to heal you only to discover that the drug rotted your bones, made your teeth fall out, and filled you with a radioactive element called radium. Pittsburgh industrialist Eben Byers didn't have to imagine. It happened to him, and he died as a result. Mr. Byers fell victim to 'patent medicines' sold in the early twentieth century. Patent medicine quackery and other medical tragedies prompted the United States government to form an agency that could protect patients and consumers from mislabeled or dangerous medicines, cosmetics, and foods. That agency is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most drugs and medical treatments sold in North America today, including drugs used to treat psychological disorders, are regulated by this consumer protection agency.Many people diagnosed with depression, panic attacks, schizophrenia, ADHD, and other psychological disorders lead normal lives because they are treated with psychiatric drugs approved by the FDA. But what are psychiatric drugs? Where do they come from? How do they work? What does it take for the FDA to approve them? Why do we have the FDA? Perhaps most important, does FDA approval guarantee safety? Loaded with case studies and user-friendly illustrations, this readable text answers these and other questions as it examines a brief history of mental disorders and their treatment. In its pages, you will learn about the origins of the FDA, the FDA drug approval process, the structure and chemistry of the brain, psychiatric drugs and how they work, adverse reactions, and alternative treatments. Come learn about the drug approval process. Next time you reach into your medicine cabinet, you'll be glad you did.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Did you ever wonder why new drugs are not introduced on the market more often than they are? What takes the FDA and others so long to approve a drug when it could possibly help people with certain diseases or disorders? There are fascinating answers to these questions and others about drugs and how they are approved. Read about how 107 children died because they took medication that was supposed to help them. Find out what went wrong and how the same incident is prevented in today's society. There are some incredible facts concerning the history of drugs that will take your breath away. Included in this book are the steps taken to have a drug approved by the FDA so it is safe for the consumer. The details are intriguing and will hold the reader's attention as he learns about the different phases and trials new medications go through for approval. Side effects of psychiatric drugs, other treatments and therapies are described as well to inform the reader. This captivating book gives great insight to the FDA and the drug world and how far it has progressed in its mission to produce safe drugs for all consumers. Students in health classes as well as teachers would benefit from reading this book. This book is part of the series "Psychiatric Disorders: Drugs and Psychology for the Mind and Body." 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Cathi I. White
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-These solidly written and attractively designed titles offer complex psychiatric information and drug treatments in an understandable and readable manner. Glossary terms are organized in boxes along page margins and are defined as the words are introduced in the texts, and both volumes have diagrams and charts to help readers digest the material. One of the authors of Cognitive Disorders has a mild cognitive impairment and tells her personal story in letters to her grandchildren interspersed throughout the text. There are clear explanations of what cognitive disorders are, how drug treatments work, their risks and side effects, and alternative and supplementary treatments. Alvin Silverstein's Parkinson's Disease and Edward Willett's Alzheimer's Disease (both Enslow, 2002) are additional solid resources. FDA is devoted to a detailed, easy-to-understand explanation of the complex drug-approval process. There is also a chapter on alternative treatments and medicines and a thought-provoking survey of how a young man diagnosed with schizophrenia would have been treated throughout history. These volumes will be helpful for researchers and for readers who are interested in learning more about drug therapy for the treatment of psychiatric disorders.-Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590845783
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Psychiatric Disorders: Drugs and Psychology for the Mind and Body Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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