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National Adverse Drug Event Network Launched
Date:6/14/2011

MONTVALE, N.J., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PDR Network and its partners today announced the launch of a new online network to collect and distribute adverse drug events in the United States. The new service, called RxEvent, is now available to all U.S. prescribers via integration into electronic health record ("EHR") platforms and other online services, including directly at www.RxEvent.org.

Roughly half a million adverse drug events are reported annually to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and the number is growing rapidly according to data from the FDA. More than 90 percent of these reports come from pharmaceutical manufacturers who receive them initially from physicians and other providers, typically via telephone. Manufacturers then triage and attempt to investigate these reports, notifying the FDA when appropriate. Published studies indicate that as few as one in ten adverse drug events are actually reported by healthcare professionals largely due to the time-consuming and inefficient processes involved in reporting adverse drug events.

"RxEvent was designed to improve the convenience of adverse event reporting for physicians, the cost-efficiency for manufacturers, and the quality of information ultimately reported to the FDA," explained Edward Fotsch, MD, CEO of PDR Network, the company providing the RxEvent service along with major EHR vendors and other partners. "RxEvent is part of the new suite of eCare Services that we are rolling out with content integrated into EHRs to increase drug and device efficacy and efficiency."

"Our network of physicians is growing rapidly and with it grows our ability to contribute to drug safety," stated Todd Rothenhaus, Chief Medical Information Officer, athenahealth, Inc. "RxEvent integrated into athenaClinicals® supports our mission of physician convenience and patient safety."

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