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

outpatient prescription drug use in individuals over time). For the required prescription-level data, the company plans to use PHAST, which captures 80% of the prescription transactions in the U.S., the greatest patient coverage in the industry. Both tools will be made available to the FDA via a Web-based interface with Wolters Kluwer Health providing operational support.

Access to these data also increase the FDA's ability to perform regulatory impact studies; in particular, those studies that assess the impact of risk managements plans and labeling changes on prescribing habits and usage patterns for prescription drugs. Finally, direct access to these data enhances and accelerates the pace of FDA's regulatory decision-making process, according to the FDA as stated in the contract documentation.

For more information about Wolters Kluwer Health, visit http://www.wkhealth.com.

About Wolters Kluwer Health

Wolters Kluwer Health (Conshohocken, PA), a division of Wolters Kluwer, is a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Major brands include traditional publishers of medical and drug reference tools and textbooks, such as Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Facts & Comparisons(R); electronic information providers, such as Ovid, Medi-Span(R) and ProVation(R); and pharmaceutical information providers such as Adis International and Source(R). Wolters Kluwer Health has annual revenues (2007) of $1,044 million (€761 million) and employs approximately 2,700 employees globally. For more information, visit http://www.WKHealth.com.

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