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New drug information database aims to help consumers understand risks and benefits

Last week, former Wired editor Thomas Goetz and Google engineer Matt Mohebbi introduced health care leaders to their new health information resource, which offers an easy-to-use database of drug information by combining the worlds of technology and health. Their company, called Iodine, seeks to serve the public by offering “better information about thousands of drugs, built from clinical research and real life experience from people like you.” Iodine’s database allows users to enter drugs of interest into a search engine, then presents basic information about the searched drug, its purpose, how it works, reported side effects, warnings, upsides and downsides ... Read More

New program helps identify previously unknown drug reactions

Just because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a drug doesn’t mean it is safe. Sometimes adverse events, side effects, allergic reactions, or unsafe drug interactions occur after approval and it can take years before anyone ever realizes there’s a problem. But a new algorithm designed by United States scientists is helping researchers pore through databases with mountains of drug interactions and has yielded thousands of previously unknown side effects. The work, published this month in the journal Science Translational Medicine, is designed to dig through the countless adverse events reported to the FDA’s MedWatch database. When the FDA ... Read More

CPSC announces improvements to product safety database

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new product safety database has been online only since early March, but the agency has announced some key changes it says will improve ease of use and efficiency for businesses. The SaferProducts.gov database functions as both a publicly accessible library of safety information concerning more than 15,000 types of consumer products and as a forum where consumers and businesses can publicly address complaints. Now a new online form in the business portal of the Saferproducts.gov website provides manufacturers, private labelers, and importers a quicker and easier way to communicate with the CPSC about product ... Read More

New product safety database a success, but still under attack

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new Saferproducts database has been operating for little more than four months, but it is already a successful and valuable tool for consumers and manufacturers alike, says Consumer Reports. “There have been hundreds of thousands of visits to the new website, and people are reporting safety problems as intended,” Consumer Reports says. Some manufacturers had even found the database helpful to them in identifying potential hazards in their products and addressing them as needed. Still, a powerful anti-consumer lobby wants the database shut down, and it is using politics to achieve that. While the ... Read More

Traveling by bus or limo? Choose a safe company with these tools

Grisly bus crashes with multiple injuries and fatalities, commercial drivers with poor driving records and criminal histories, and crackdowns that have sidelined hundreds of buses and removed dozens of bus drivers from service: all of these recent events can make the thought of bus travel unsettling to prospective passengers, but there are tools and specific things to keep in mind that can significantly improve the chances of having a safe and trouble-free journey. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there is more than just price and convenience to consider when planning a voyage by bus. Some motor coach ... Read More

CPSC’s product-safety database survives budget cuts, goes online

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new public database of safety information, part of the www.saferproducts.gov website, offers American consumers for the first time ever a world of valuable safety information at their fingertips. The database went online earlier March 11, but its future appeared bleak when budgets battles raging on Capitol Hill threatened to take the website down before it had a chance to prove its worth. Fortunately, the database was taken off the chopping block and the project remains safe for now. Developed at a cost of $3 million, this new database offers American consumers an easier way ... Read More

BP lost laptop containing personal info of 13,000 oil-spill claimants

Talk about adding insult to injury. First BP spilled a record amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and now it looks as though the oil giant may have spilled the private information of thousands of people harmed by the disaster. According to a number of news sources around the globe, BP has lost a laptop containing sensitive information of about 13,000 individuals who filed claims for oil-spill related damages. BP acknowledged the missing computer and verified that a database on it contained the names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, and financial information of the ... Read More

Consumer safety complaints to go public in March

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission is on schedule to go public with a new online database of consumer complaints in March, facilitating consumer access to the thousands of safety complaints and concerns it receives every year. The http://www.saferproducts.gov/ database will encompass the 15,000 types of consumer products regulated by the CPSC and will not include products such as automobiles, tires, food, cosmetics, tobacco, prescription drugs, and medical devices regulated by other federal agencies. Consumers who have purchased defective and potentially dangerous products can file a complaint with the CPSC. Under the current system, these complaints are shielded from public ... Read More

Warn friends, family about artificial hip recall

An estimated 93 million people worldwide have artificial hips manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, and an alarming number of them may not know that their hip implant has been recalled due to defects that have left patients with intense pain and disability. Because of this, consumers who have heard of the recall are being urged to tell their friends and family members. Pain and mobility issues are common immediately after hip replacement surgery, but when the pain lingers or returns months or years after surgery, it could be a sign that something with the hip implant has gone seriously wrong. The ... Read More

Medical school to establish database of total joint replacement surgeries

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has received a $12 million grant, with which it intends to begin compiling assessments of key factors related to total joint replacement (TJR) surgery. These surgeries include knee and hip replacement surgeries. The medical school plans to compile a national database that will include more than 33,000 patients who have had total joint replacements and develop tools with which to assess the success and failure of the surgery. Ultimately, they hope the study will help with both research and to guide clinical care and health care policy, according to a release from the ... Read More