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Noteworthy new website launch – RxISK.org: “Making medicines safer for all of us.”

It’s founded by Dr. David Healy, internationally renowned psychiatrist and author from Wales; Dr. Dee Mangin of New Zealand, Dr. Kalman Applbaum of the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Nancy Olivieri and others you can read about here.

The project’s own description:

“RxISK is the first free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs and easily report a drug side effect — identifying problems and possible solutions earlier than is currently happening.”

The site offers these sections:

  • an Interaction  Checker

  • a Violence Zone in which you can “enter the drugs that you are taking to see all the side effects related to violent acts behaviour and thoughts reported to the US FDA and RxISK.”
  • a Suicide Zone: “Drugs sometimes cause people to have suicidal thoughts and behaviour. It is important to find out if there is a connection between these thoughts and your prescription so that adjustments can be made before you act on drug-induced violent ideas.”

Within the site is Dr. Healy’s blog, which includes recent entries such as:

 

It includes graphic displays such as this “FDA Heat Map” of reported side effects from a smoking cessation drug:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll be following this site and welcome your thoughts as you visit it.

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