Pfizer and hospitals partner to trial system for reporting drug risks

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 7, 2009

Pfizer has joined with Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital to create a system that makes reporting drug risks easier, reports The Wall Street Journal Health Blog. Until now, the process for reporting adverse events related to the use of a drug was long and arduous for doctors. It involved manually filling out copious amounts of paperwork, which resulted in few reports being filed. The new project allows physicians using an electronic medical record system to fill out a brief adverse event report, and if an event is serious, the data included on the form is automatically sent to the Food and Drug Administration.

The intent is to gather more information about medications, even when they have been on the market for years. Most information about adverse events related to medications comes from clinical trials.

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