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FDA to work with online patient forum to mine drug safety data

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THE US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is turning to a patient-networking website to get a better handle on the side effects of medications.

The FDA is tapping into a broad flow of data sent to PatientsLikeMe, an online site with 350,000 members that says it's the largest and most active patient network online. Members often report their drug-use experiences, symptoms and hospitalisations on the site.

The agency said it hopes to learn more about side effects that might look harmless...

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