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Wolters Kluwer Health's Unique Prescription Data Tapped by FDA in Effort to Advance Drug Safety
Date:11/3/2008

Multi-Year Contract to Provide U.S. Drug Utilization Patterns Allows FDA to

Evaluate Unexpected Market Events

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry, today was awarded a multi-year contract to provide both prescription and patient-level data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide the Agency with insight into the prevalence of prescription drug utilization within the U.S. population. This is the first time Wolters Kluwer Health has been selected as a primary source for this prestigious contract.

"The FDA is always looking for ways to employ newer and better technology to support research toward a safer environment for patients and their decision to utilize our unique, longitudinal drug data fits right into this progression," said Mark Spiers, President and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health's Healthcare Analytics business. "We were able to deliver the right balance of power and speed, that is, ongoing access to national drug utilization patterns with a turnaround that allows the FDA to act in the event of a public health concern."

According to FDA specifications, Wolters Kluwer Health's data will "report national patterns of drug utilization in the outpatient setting" and examine "concomitant use of multiple drug products" over the same time period. To achieve this, Wolters Kluwer Health is to analyze a statistically reliable sample of patients over time to allow FDA to examine patterns of drug utilization within the U.S. population.

To satisfy the FDA's rigorous requirements, Wolters Kluwer Health will utilize two of its most powerful health-related data-analytics tools. The first is the Source(R) Lx Patient Studies Suite and Market Focus for capturing longitudinal patient-level data (describes
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