Secondary Uses of Sentinel
This article was originally published in RPM Report
FDA’s new drug safety surveillance system is up and running, though the implications for safety oversight are only just beginning to be felt. But the conversation is already under way about what else Sentinel can do—and the answers may be very important to the future of drug regulation.
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