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Adverse Drug Reactions: The benefits of data mining

  1. Audrey Bone
  2. Keith Houck  Is a corresponding author
  1. US Environmental Protection Agency, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e30280 doi: 10.7554/eLife.30280
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Making the most of the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).

Patients, physicians, pharmacists and other health-care professionals input information about adverse drug reactions into the FAERS database. Maciejewski et al. have shown that it is possible to use data mining and statistical analysis to extract new insights about adverse drug reactions from the database: the first step is to deal with the noise and other problems associated with such crowd-sourced databases. The amount of reports in FAERS has grown rapidly over the past decade (top right; data from FDA).

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