National network for adverse drug events

A new online network has been launched to collect and distribute information about adverse drug events in the United States. The new service, called RxEvent, is available to all U.S. prescribers via integration into electronic health record (EHR) platforms and other online services, including directly at www.RxEvent.org.

Roughly half a million adverse drug events are reported annually to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the number is growing rapidly, according to data from the FDA. More than 90% of these reports come from pharmaceutical manufacturers who receive them initially from physicians and other providers, typically via telephone.

Manufacturers then triage and attempt to investigate these reports, and they notify the FDA when appropriate. Published studies indicate that as few as one in 10 adverse drug events are reported by healthcare professionals, which is largely due to the time-consuming and inefficient processes involved in reporting adverse drug events, explains Edward Fotsch, MD, CEO of PDR Network, the company providing the RxEvent service along with major EHR vendors and other partners.

"RxEvent was designed to improve the convenience of adverse event reporting for physicians, the cost-efficiency for manufacturers, and the quality of information ultimately reported to the FDA," Fotsch says.