§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Satisfactory controls already exist under the Medicines Act to ensure that newly developed drugs are examined for safety, quality and efficacy by the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM)226W before a product licence is granted. Effective medicines may cause side effects in some patients and doctors take account of risk-benefit factors when prescribing. Doctors are advised of known side effects by means of a range of sources including product data sheets. All newly licensed drugs are carefully monitored for side effects by CSM.