Online searches may be better than FDA for drug reactions

  • by: JOHN MARKOFF , New York Times
  • Updated: March 6, 2013 - 9:57 PM

Using data drawn from queries entered into Google, Microsoft and Yahoo search engines, scientists at Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University have for the first time been able to detect evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before they were found by the Food and Drug Administration’s warning system.