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As most of our daily users know, we're having some prolonged downtime. Unfortunately we could be down until the weekend. We'll keep you posted.
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Hi friends of DrugCite! We have some updates we'd like to share with you and would love your feedback. Here's a short list of some of the things we've added recently.

1. DiscussRx (beta): Many patients go to their doctor and say "I have X wrong with me and it could be Y drug causing it". We're hoping this report empowers patients by giving them a physical printout they can hand to their doctor containing official FDA labeling information and FDA adverse event reporting data. http://www.drugcite.com/?q=LIPITOR#showDiscussRx

2. We added discussion boards for all of our reports. We're interested in what you have to say about the drugs you're taking. DrugCite has always been a data driven site, but we're excited to add this narrative tool where patients can engage each other on the drugs they take. http://www.drugcite.com/?q=LIPITOR#showFacebook

3. We simplified our drug/side effect page. Here's an example of Lipitor and Arthralgia: http://www.drugcite.com/indi/?q=LIPITOR&i=ARTHRALGIA
Lipitor Adverse Events and Side Effects Reported to the FDA (AERS)
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We've finished loading the 2012 Q2 FAERS data.
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We'd like to give Netted.net a tip of the hat for a nice article about DrugCite http://netted.net/2012/03/08/drug-facts/
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DrugCite is taking feedback and answering questions on Reddit right now: http://www.reddit.com/r/Health/comments/pp4hf/some_buddies_and_i_created_a_search_engine_for/
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We're loading 2012 Q3 FAERS data this evening. We may have a few minutes of down time as the changes are migrated into production.
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DrugCite has released its first Android app summarizing the FDA adverse event database (FAERS).
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drugcite.mobile
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DrugCite was discussed on The Karel Show with Roy from AllMyFaves.com. Go to 52:00 on the following recording:
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Our servers went down for a couple of hours in the early morning. At first we thought it may have been due to Roger Ebert referencing us in a tweet (he has around 600,000 followers), but now we think our servers going down weren't related to the viral spike his post produced. See: https://twitter.com/#!/ebertchicago/status/177964723726331904

At any rate, traffic is still above average, but shouldn't cause any additional problems.
OMG. My friend Cynthia was given Allopurinol and had several of these side effects. After a year, Mayo has been a help. http://t.co/5BrhLh9k
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We're wrapping up our Q&A discussion on Reddit. We had a great dialogue with r/health about our use of the FDA's adverse event reporting system (AERS) and ways that we can improve our interface. From our perspective the feedback was very sharp and productive; we walked away with some good actionable feedback. After we incorporate the feedback, we may try to circle back and do another Q&A like this. Here's the Q&A thread in case you missed it: http://www.reddit.com/r/Health/comments/pp4hf/some_buddies_and_i_created_a_search_engine_for/
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Are Lipitor takers 50% more likely to develop diabetes? According this article, studies say "yes". http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/with-cholesterol-drugs-devils-in-the-data-139077519.html

Note 405 diabetes adverse event reports since 2004 for Lipitor http://www.drugcite.com/?q=LIPITOR
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DrugCite is a medical informatics and drug safety company
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One of the primary ways that the United States Food and Drug Administration monitors the safety of marketed drugs is the collection and analysis of reported adverse events (an event that was not the intended outcome of the prescribed drug and has a negative impact on health) through the Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS). These reports are submitted by physicians, healthcare consumers, lawyers amongst others, and then the FDA scientific staff will assess these events in the context of other databases to determine if a particular safety concern is associated, and possibly caused by, exposure to a particular drug. Since this is a public database and useful to prescribers and patients alike to know if "has what I'm experiencing been described in patients taking this drug before?" DrugCite has created a more friendly interface to answer that question. Use of this data should in no way be confused with the FDA's rigorous process of evaluating the potential link of adverse events to drugs as causal but merely represents a portal into what is currently being reported to the Agency.