The internet has now brought us two companies, who serve as consumer protection watchdogs or information databases for drugs and medical devices, which cause "adverse events," or injury, unwanted side effects, etc.
AdverseEvents Inc., is online with information on 4500 drugs and related adverse events. This site uses the FDA's complicated database and makes it easier for the layman to read. For example, some drugs are spelled in multiple ways, with each spelling having its own file at the FDA. AdverseEvents found an algorithm to filter out the duplicates and was able to whittle more than 200,000 drug names into approximately 4500. The search function and has also been streamlined.
This data has been available for some time from the FDA, but is so disorganized as to be prohibitive of investigation. The information the FDA has on drug adverse events goes back to 1969.
But there are a number of concerns that the numbers on the website are misleading. They often do not take account of how much of a medicine is sold, so the relative incidence of adverse effects with drugs is difficult to ascertain. Still, many professionals believe that even without the full picture, AdverseEvents is a good tool to have for an initial impression.
AdverseEvents also has a medical devices counterpart: Clarimed LLC. Both were launched in September for the purpose of "empowering patients" in better understanding their own healthcare. Their services are free but are scheduled to soon increase to $10/mo for total access to their databases.
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