FDA Opens Its Vast Files On Drug Side Effects To The Public

Published: Feb 28, 2014

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Thousands of times each day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration receives reports about unwanted side effects of the prescription and over-the-counter medications it oversees. They stream in from patients and doctors—and from drugmakers, which are required to relay accounts of problems. This data, cataloging reactions as mild as rashes and headaches and as serious as internal bleeding and death, help the agency monitor drug safety. With millions of records created since the system began in 1998, it’s the world’s most extensive record of how drugs interact with the human body.

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