Could Search Engine Results Help Reduce Drug Injury Numbers?

by Staff | July 23rd, 2015

Here in the United States, there are medications capable of treating almost any illness or disease from which we suffer. Unfortunately, many of these medications can cause a patient to experience harmful side effects.

Some side effects can be as relatively benign as drowsiness, while others can cause organs of the body to shut down in some patients. Typically medications are tested to determine possible side effects before the drug is released onto the market, so consumers can be fully informed and warned about the potential dangers of taking a medication. Our drug injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that sometimes though, side effects aren’t discovered until after the medication is made available to the public.

It seems as though technology may prove to be an effective tool in helping to identify the risks of a drug injury. An article from Bloomberg Business explains that the millions of internet searches that are conducted on medication side effects each year could provide insight into undiscovered risks associated with a certain product.

In 2010, a scientist examined 176 million Yahoo! searches and determined those results could be used to identify previously unknown side effects that were associated with certain drugs. More recently, the FDA has been partnering with Google and other organizations to conduct similar research, which has yielded findings that support initial conclusions.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we support the application of technology to help reduce drug injuries and our Indiana personal injury attorneys are hopeful search engine results can prove useful in identifying harmful side effects and potentially preventing drug injuries in the future.

 

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