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CNBC has reported that according to researchers at Microsoft Research Labs and Stanford University, internet searches could help FDA and pharmaceutical companies discover previously unknown, harmful prescription drug interactions.

 

After finding in 2011 that patients taking two prescription drugs -- paroxetine, an antidepressant, and pravastatin, a cholesterol-lowering medication -- could develop hyperglycemia, Stanford Bioengineering Department Chair Russ Altman and Microsoft Research Managing Co-Director Eric Horvitz discussed whether the reaction could have been discovered earlier looking at patients' Internet searches.”

 

Read more on these findings at:  http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2013/10/31/internet-search-data-could-help-fda-find-harmful-drug-interactions

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