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PDR Network Delivers Six Million Drug Alerts & REMS
Date:10/14/2010

MONTVALE, N.J., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- PDR Network, already the largest distributor of FDA-approved drug information and Drug Alerts to U.S. prescribers, announced that this month it will surpass six million Drug Alerts and Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies ("REMS") program alerts delivered to prescribers. FDA-approved Drug-Alerts have been delivered electronically to prescribers by PDR Network's Health Care Notification Network (HCNN) service since 2008.

REMS programs are becoming increasingly common, and often more complex, for both newly-approved drugs as well as those already on the market. Over 140 drugs now have REMS programs required by the FDA. In some instances the REMS consists largely of an FDA-approved medication guide while in other cases prescribers must take additional training to prescribe the drug. But in every case it is important for prescribers to know the details of the FDA-approved labels and REMS programs, and PDR Network provides this information directly to prescribers online.

"Immediate delivery of drug safety information to physicians is critical for the safe and effective practice of medicine," explained Nancy Dickey, M.D., former president of the American Medical Association (AMA) and current chair of the iHealth Alliance that governs the use of PDR Drug Alerts for communicating REMS Alerts to prescribers. "Six million Alerts delivered is a major milestone worthy of note particularly as patient safety issues have gained national attention."

The electronic delivery of FDA-approved Drug Alerts and REMS replacing paper-based delivery began in 2006 with the release of updated FDA Guidance promoting the use of electronic delivery of Drug Alerts and the launch of the Health Care Notification Network, the only online network for delivery of these Drug Alerts.  

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