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CARROLLTON, Mo.- Due to the complexity of prescription drug regulations, most drug makers are not currently required to update their warning labels when new risks are brought to light associated with their products.

Drug companies will only go through the label update process if the FDA specifically requests them to make changes.

Dr. Robert Marx

Dr. Robert Marx, renowned surgeon, researcher, and award-winning medical writer, who’s currently a professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has drawn his real life battle with Big Pharma over the sale of dangerous prescription medicines into fictional writing. He is now an advocate against the alarming level of fraud and corruption that currently exists in many of America’s giant drug companies.

He was the first researcher to link the use of a popular anti-osteoporosis medication manufactured by the Merck Company, which averages over 3.6 billion annual sales from the drug Fosamax. Dr. Marx testified as an expert witness in court cases against Merck and the drug maker Novartis.

Dr. Marx recommends that patients who are prescribed any time of medication ask their doctor for the complete product hand out and take the time to read about the listed side effects.

“Be proactive and search out information about the drug on the Internet or log into Pub Med and be sure you understand the side effects,” says Dr. Marx. “Be especially cautious in the case of a newly-approved drug as well, because the side effects won’t appear in the first one or two years; they’ll appear later on. If Vioxx, a prescription pain pill produced by Merck, or Fosamax would have been reviewed 5 years after their initial approval, they may not have been re-approved for continued sales and much pain and suffering could have been spared.”

Residents from state to state can also participate in different initiatives to combat such issues. The DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which  aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and the dangers of medications, will take place Saturday, April 29, 2017.