The Food and Drug Administration has introduced an open-source platform to help developers build public health applications by using the agency’s data on drugs and medical devices, FCW reported Monday.
Adam Mazmanian writes the OpenFDA online resource is designed give the public greater access to reports of adverse events associated with prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Dr. Taha Kass-Hout, FDA chief health informatics officer, said that OpenFDA works to help software developers search, query and access both structured and unstructured pharmaceutical data, according to Mazmanian’s article.
The portal features a collection of datasets from drug safety reports the agency has compiled between 2004 and 2013, according to FCW.
Users can review or share cloud-based OpenFDA application programming interface code through the agency’s account on GitHub.