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Women Have More Negative Drug Reactions

February 12, 2001

More women than men were hurt by dangerous medications pulled off the market since 1997, congressional investigators report. The results weren't surprising to experts.

  • Many of the medicines were prescribed more to women than to men, such as the weight-loss drugs Redux and Pondimin.
  • Both were banned for causing an irregular heartbeat, which scientists recently discovered is more common in women than in men.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who requested the report by the General Accounting Office, said it suggests the Food and Drug Administration do a better job determining how medicines affect men and women differently.

Source: "Drugs Harmed More Women Than Men," USA Today, February 12, 2001.


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