Software created to find online evidence of side effects

Forget the FDA's database of adverse events. A group of scientists wants to get out ahead of drug side-effect reports by monitoring online chatter and news. As The Wall Street Journal reports, researchers have developed algorithms to monitor patients' comments in online chats and on websites, as well as data from news stories, for potentially serious drug reactions. The idea is to identify trends that deserve attention from regulators and healthcare providers--and long before those safety signals might have surfaced under old-style reporting. Article