When you are prescribed a medication by a doctor in Pennsylvania, you probably trust that the medication will help you and not cause you further harm. It is in the nature of our government that drugs are carefully screened before you can get your hands on them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responsible for this drug screening and approval process.
The FDA is the watchdog for medications. This includes prescription and over-the-counter options. The FDA ensures a few things about a medication before it is released to the public. These include that the medication offers health benefits that outweigh the risks of taking it. It is common knowledge that some medications produce side effects, but the FDA is looking to ensure that these side effects are less harmful to you than it would be to not take the medication at all.