July 22nd, 2014|
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a database to create better access to the agency’s plethora of data. Now, the FDA has stated they have expanded the system to include vital information about faulty products, such as defective medical devices and dangerous medications.
According to a press release from iHealthBeat, the OpenFDA system will now feature several million reports on product recalls and their related adverse health events. The hope of adding these files is to improve transparency of the data collected by the federal government to improve manufacturer accountability and reduce the number of injuries, illnesses, and deaths caused by faulty products.
So far, the OpenFDA is being hailed as a success and has already been accessed by as many as 18,000 mobile devices with more than 2.4 million API calls.
The new system has also sparked engagement with the public, spawning a new website dedicated to answering questions regarding defective products that are recalled.
The drug injury attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough are aware of the importance of the public having access to information about recalled products and are excited to see this new system give Americans the ability to retrieve such data at the touch of a button.