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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s called information overload and the term is the same in business circles as well as medical circles.READ MORE: Man Shot During Attempted Double Carjacking In Holmesburg Section, Police Say
The term might get overused, but it’s certainly important in medicine.
A great example of information overload is what happens in the pharmaceutical industry.
Each year the FDA gets about 100 new drug applications, and there are usually about 100 new drugs or expanded usages for them.READ MORE: 'It Would Destroy My Emotions To Not Come Back': Parents, Students Speak Out Against Philadelphia School District's Lottery Process
Then there are the black box warnings, the part of the labeling information that warns of severe side effects.
So, if it’s tougher for doctors to keep up, what can you, the patient taking the medications, do?
Here is my suggestion, get to know the medications that you take, and go over them with your doctor.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw Claims She's Not Resigning, Despite Rumors Saying She Might Become New York City's Top Cop
If you use over-the-counter medications ask about them as well.