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FDA to Work With Online Patient Forum to Mine Safety Data

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is turning to a patient-networking website to get a better handle on the side effects of medications.

The FDA is tapping into a broad flow of data sent to PatientsLikeMe, an online site with 350,000 members that says it’s the largest and most active patient network online. Members often report their drug-use experiences, symptoms and hospitalizations on the site.