Mini Sentinel Data Covers 126 Million Patients; FDA Weighing Potential Uses For Drug Industry
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
With the recent addition of claims data from two major insurance companies, the FDA postmarketing drug safety surveillance pilot project known as Mini Sentinel has already exceeded its statutory goal of gaining access to electronic health care data for 100 million individuals by July 12, 2012.
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