Published Online: Thursday, February 1, 2007

A recent survey of 1726 individuals revealed their perceptions about drug safety.

The poll, which was conducted by Harris Interactive and the Pharmaceutical Safety Institute, found that:

• 52% of respondents felt it is very or highly important to receive safety information on drugs

• 33% of respondents often or always seek drug safety data for themselves, a family member, or someone they provide with care

• 53% of respondents felt that a physician or health care provider is a source they trust to receive more information about the side effects of drugs

• 69% of respondents are confident that the drug companies release information they have about a drug?s adverse reactions as soon as it becomes available

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