April 2017

I wanted to share with you some recent improvements to the RxISK website:
  • Consolidated drug information - Added patient experiences from RxISK reports (where they have consented to share these), relevant RxISK guides, as well as blog posts, to consolidate this unique information about a drug all in one place.
  • Drug search - Added ability to search not only by drug but also by route of administration. Simplified presentation of available generic and brand names, routes of administration, dosages, and prescribable names.
  • Reported side effects - Now using latest openFDA data for reported side effects and displaying "top 100" side effects.
  • Product data sheets - Added links to 50,000 FDA-approved labeling by packager and brand.
We will continue to improve the material available for each drug over the coming months and add additional filters, such as sex, age, and PRR.

Check out the Paroxetine page to see some of these improvements. 

Thank you for your support. 
Your feedback, as always, is greatly appreciated.
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David Healy, MD

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