Now we move on to something you may be saying on your television. It's become a punch line. Commercials for drugs with a never ending list of side effects. Tonight, the fda is signaling the list is no... See More
Now we move on to something you may be saying on your television. It's become a punch line. Commercials for drugs with a never ending list of side effects. Tonight, the fda is signaling the list is no laughing matter and they are considering a change. Here is ABC's linsey Davis. Severe liver problems reported. Reporter: The laundry list of a medicine's possible side effects can be so lengthy. In race cases may be fatal. Reporter: The list themselves may induce side effect, like makes your eyes glaze over. Abnormal behavior may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucination or confusion. Reporter: -- Or your ears to tune out -- Can lead to coma or death. Reporter: It's the stuff of parody mocked on "Saturday night live." If you notice changes in behavior, such as an overwhelming desire to kill the person you love most, call your doctor right away. Reporter: Listing side effects was all part of a deal. To allow the drugmakers to advertise directly to consumers on TV. Now, the fda is considering shortening these lists, limiting the disclosures to those they deem "Serious and actionable." Severe liver problems were reported. Reporter: They're trying to figure out if viewers are just tuning out the side effects, including the worst harms, because the lists are just too long. So, it is possible that soon, lists this long -- If you develop fever or confusion -- Reporter: -- Might be a thing of the past. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new
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