FDA Initiates OpenFDA Challenge to Bolster Public Health
The FDA is inviting web developers to tap into publicly available data on adverse drug events, recalls and labeling and assess their impact for drug research.
The OpenFDA Developer Challenge, announced Tuesday, offers a choice of two options: to determine if an algorithm could be used to automatically identify spikes in adverse events or to develop a model to categorize adverse event language in the warning sections of structured product labeling.
Developers are encouraged to Tweet @openFDA with their proposal using #openFDAchallenge, and then submit a link at www.reddit.com/r/openfda when they are ready to share their solution. The public will be able to vote and comment on their favorites.
A second Consumer Challenge is scheduled to kick off the week of May 25.
OpenFDA was launched in June 2014 to facilitate public access to reports on adverse drug events and medication errors.
Information on the challenge is available at https://open.fda.gov/. — Jonathon Shacat