A few years ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory about a drug called terbinafine. There were cases in which this drug caused liver failure, including 11 deaths and two patients who needed liver transplants. There are a few things consumers should know about terbinafine:
• It’s marketed—heavily, under the brand name Lamisil.
• The drug is used to treat toenail fungus infections.
• The FDA approved it without discovering a potentially fatal flaw.
• The FDA still allows the drug to be sold.
It’s sort of hard to imagine a person – being treated for a toenail fungus – and then dying of liver failure! This is another example of how bad drugs slip through the cracks at the FDA.
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