One of the primary ways that the United States Food and Drug Administration monitors the safety of marketed drugs is the collection and analysis of reported adverse events (an event that was not the intended outcome of the prescribed drug and has a negative impact on health) through the FDA Adverse Events Reporting System (FAERS). These reports are submitted by physicians, healthcare consumers, lawyers amongst others, and then the FDA scientific staff will assess these events in the context of other databases to determine if a particular safety concern is associated, and possibly caused by, exposure to a particular drug. Since this is a public database and useful to prescribers and patients alike to know if "has what I'm experiencing been described in patients taking this drug before?" DrugCite has created a more friendly interface to answer that question. Use of this data should in no way be confused with the FDA's rigorous process of evaluating the potential link of adverse events to drugs as causal but merely represents a portal into what is currently being reported to the Agency.
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"DrugCite provides simple graphs that break down the number of reported issues related to the medicine in question and cross-reference that information to provide other useful statistics." - Lifehacker
"If you combined Google's simple search box with Compete's easy-to-understand web traffic charts and applied it to the FDA's 'adverse event' database of pharmaceutical side effects you'd end up with something that looks like DrugCite." - CBSNews.com
DrugCite has appeared as a drug safety reference on television news. The following NBC news story references DrugCite on the safety of Xanax.