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Government Project Looks Into Medical Records To Enhance Drug Safety

Although many medicines can greatly improve quality of life, unfortunately some do more harm than good. Therefore, the government has started a new pilot program called, Mini-Sentinel to help keep a watchful eye out for possible adverse reactions to drugs. As part of the program, about 180 million American health records are investigated to search for diagnostic test codes, procedures, and other data to determine if any of them could be linked to a prescribed drug. In the past, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relied on this information solely from reports given from doctors, patients, and pharmacists; the FDA only could rely on information the person chose to share. For those worried about privacy, the program's principal investigator, Dr. Richard Platt said, " we've built the system so the analyst here would have no way to say, "Let's see if Dr. Platt's data is in there." The system is built so that is an impossible question to ask," he said. If you or a loved one has suffered an adverse reaction to a product, the skilled St. Louis attorney's at Meyerkord & Kurth would like to hear from you.

Drug safety is at the forefront to our minds when it comes to treating medical conditions. The experienced Missouri product liability attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC will fight for you if it is discovered that you have taken an unsafe medicine and have suffered serious side effects. Contact our knowledgeable family of attorneys at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you have suffered from a loss due to the negligence of a manufacturer of consumer products such as a medicine that is later found to be unsafe.

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