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Computerized patient records could be used to improve lax reporting of serious drug side effects, the results of a small study suggest. The study, at Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women’s hospitals in Boston and sponsored by Pfizer Inc., showed a large increase in reporting of adverse events to the Food and Drug Administration once doctors used an automated tool. The study was published online in the medical journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.

Over five months in 2008 and 2009, 26 doctors at the two hospitals reported 217 side effects to regulators, compared with zero reports in the same group in the previous year. When one of the doctors in the study recorded discontinuing a medicine because a patient experienced an adverse event, the hospital’s electronic patient record system generated an alert. The system asked the doctor whether the side effect was serious and submitted a report to regulators.

About one in five of the reports involved serious side effects, such as hospitalizations. Researchers also surveyed the physicians and found that 21 of the 23 respondents said they had not submitted any adverse event reports to FDA during the previous year.

The research suggests that widespread EHR use could help alert FDA to possible problems with specific drugs.

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Source: Secondary Use of Electronic Health Record Data: Spontaneous Triggered Adverse Drug Event Reporting

Date: October 11, 2010

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