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FDA expands data mining contract

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FDA is renewing a contract to allow the Office of Drug Safety to access San Diego-based Premier's database for inpatient drug utilization information. The agency is also awarding a contract that would allow the Division of Pediatric Drug Development to use Premier's pediatric inpatient data. The utilization data provides context for adverse event reports, modeling of drug risk based on usage patterns and calculating reporting rates for inpatient drug use, Premier said. FDA first contracted for access to Premier's inpatient data in 2001; the agency previously used the Child Health Corporation of America database for pediatric information (1"The Pink Sheet" Oct. 22, 2001, p. 9)...

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