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FDA Uses Online Community to Gather Drug Safety Info

June 23, 2015

PatientsLikeMe – a for-profit company that offers an online community for people with medical conditions, including MS – and the FDA are collaborating to explore the potential of using patient-generated reports of medication safety to inform the FDA’s regulatory process. In the PatientsLikeMe community, 350,000 members report on their experiences with more than 2,500 conditions. PatientsLikeMe has collected more than 110,000 “adverse event” reports on 1,000 different medications, and the FDA will now be able to access and analyze this data.

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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