WellPoint Hoping To Catch Drug Side Effects Sooner

Law360, New York (April 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Health insurer WellPoint Inc. is creating a system to monitor the safety of pharmaceuticals that have received regulatory approval by tracking increases in reported health problems by people taking a particular drug.

WellPoint's Safety Sentinel System is aimed at answering public demands for more effective monitoring of medications and medical devices in the market, demands that have grown in the wake of large-scale and high-profile recalls of the painkiller Vioxx and the diabetes treatment Avandia.

“This critical information will allow health care decision-makers including federal agencies,...
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