Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Dii POV: AdverseEvents.com launches; questions FDA validity
A fairly new website, AdverseEvents.com, started by a few guys from Sapient Research, seeks to provide a better user experience and more accessible data on side effects and drugs for consumers and healthcare professionals. RTC has written a full POV which you can read online.
The site is controversial for two reasons. One, it has been publishing reports which suggest that the FDA is not accurately assessing side effects incidence rates. Two, it is gathering its data on side effects from 3 sources, 2 of which are unvetted and unregulated. AdverseEvents.com gets their data from the FDA's database, online user submissions and social media commentary. They aggregate and publish this data on their website which is free to the public (a more robust version is available for a subscription fee).
The site has only been in market since September, and it has yet to make a dent in daily traffic or search results, but it has gotten people talking about the implications of an outside entrant publishing information on side effects and evaluating risk.
Download the PDF from SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/rtc123/rtcrm-povs-adverseeventscom-november-2011
Posted by Sara Collis