FDA Watching 19 Drugs for Safety Risks

Susan J. Bliss, RPh, MBA Although prescription drugs undergo clinical trials before they hit the market, unexpected adverse events may still occur in the general patient population. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collects adverse event reports and looks for potential trends. In its latest surveillance report, …

Use of Antipsychotic Medication in Children and Adolescents

Antipsychotic medications are psychotropic agents with demonstrated efficacy for treating schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. This class of agents includes traditional antipsychotics (eg, chlorpromazine, haloperidol), The “atypical” or second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) (eg, risperidone, olanzapine, aripiprazole, quetiapine, ziprasidone, and clozapine). Although their classification implies specificity for psychosis, these medications have a …