RxEvent Improves Patient Safety

Physicians can now report adverse drug events through www.RxEvent.org, a new online service the PDR Network  and its partners launched June 14. The service is available to all prescribers via integration into electronic health records (EHRs) and other online services.

Adverse drug event reports submitted to RxEvent.org will be sent to the manufacturer and/or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will also be held by the patient safety organization PDR Secure, a  PDR news release said. Information from PDR Secure "will be used to better understand adverse events and to develop education materials that will increase patient safety and benefit physicians and other clinicians in their use of drugs," the release said.

PDR Network Chief Executive Officer Edward Fotsch, MD, said RxEvent is 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." He said studies indicate that health care professionals report as few as one in 10 adverse drug events, largely due to the time-consuming and inefficient processes involved in reporting adverse drug events.

Action, June 15, 2011