Scientists Discover Drug Side Effects, Interactions Using New Computer Algorithm

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Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a computer algorithm that enabled them to swiftly sift through millions of reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by patients and their physicians and identify "true" drug side effects.

The method also worked to identify previously unsuspected interactions between pairs of drugs, most notably that antidepressants called SSRIs interact with a common blood pressure medication to significantly increase the risk of a potentially deadly heart condition.

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Stanford University Medical Center (2012, March 14). Scientists discover drug side effects, interactions using new computer algorithm. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 15, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2012/03/120314142839.htm
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