New FDA Drug Database Now Available Online

New FDA Drug Database Now Available Online

Millions of people suffer serious side effects from the drugs they’re taking-tens of thousands even die. Wouldn’t it might nice to be able to look up your drug and see what thousands of other people have experienced ? Or, perhaps, compare your drug with similar drugs?

Well, now you will be able.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has millions of such “adverse event” reports, ranging from fatigue to fatal heart attacks, for thousands of prescription drugs dating back to 1969. But the information hasn’t been readily accessible—until now.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, a start-up company, AdverseEvents Inc., has streamlined the FDA’s database and made it easy to search the adverse-event reports for more than 4,500 drugs, free and online.

And, another start-up, Clarimed LLC, has done the same for reports filed with the FDA on 130,000 medical devices, a far more complex group that runs the gamut from syringes to stents to tanning beds and diagnostic machines that could impact tens of thousands of lives.

These new databases will empower patients to take control of their healthcare. Instead of going to an on-line discussion board to get the opinions of two or three people, we can go to a database the three million-plus reports! It would be foolish not to use it. So, stay safe and be informed so you can take control of your healthcare!

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