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Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2014 Aug;23(8):795-801. doi: 10.1002/pds.3561. Epub 2014 Feb 12.

AERS spider: an online interactive tool to mine statistical associations in Adverse Event Reporting System.

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Helmholtz Zentrum München GmbH, Department of Scientific Computing, Neuherberg, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Exploration of the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) data by a wide scientific community is limited due to several factors. First, AERS data must be intensively preprocessed to be converted into analyzable format. Second, application of the currently accepted disproportional reporting measures results in false positive signals.

METHODS:

We proposed a data mining strategy to improve hypothesis generation with respect to potential associations.

RESULTS:

By numerous examples, we illustrate that our strategy controls the false positive signals. We implemented a free online tool, AERS spider (www.chemoprofiling.org/AERS).

CONCLUSIONS:

We believe that AERS spider would be a valuable tool for drug safety experts.

KEYWORDS:

AERS; FDA; data mining; pharmacoepidemiology; pharmacovigilance

PMID:
24677538
DOI:
10.1002/pds.3561
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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