What Is The Black Box Warning?

The black box warning is known as the strictest warning printed on the label of drug products and prescription drugs by the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration). These warnings are generally found on the drugs' label when the aforementioned drug has been associated with certain health hazards repeatedly and it presents the risks or adverse effects associated with use, as revealed by medical studies.

The black box warning, or boxed warning, is FDA's strictest warning added to the labeling of any prescription drug. The warning is designed to call attention to significant risks or even life-threatening adverse effects.

A boxed warning is a warning with a black box around it, hence the name. In the absence of clinical data, the black box warning is based on clinical data or serious animal toxicity data. Prescription drugs with a black box warning have either shown or are expected to have a serious adverse event or death. The FDA requires the warning to be placed in the package insert so that practitioners can heed the warnings and monitor on a regular basis the patients who are on these medications.

A boxed warning is implemented in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company that produced the drug only after the FDA confirms the serious risk, and depending on the severity of adverse events. The warning does not mean the drug should not be used, it is just a means of communication from the FDA to prescribers to highlight the risk. If you have concerns regarding your prescription, discuss with your physician.

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