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US FDA and WebMD partner on medicines information

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The US FDAis partnering with the online health information site WebMD to expand access to the agency's consumer information about medicines and other regulated products, including alerts about emerging safety issues and recalls. Under a memorandum of understanding, a dedicated section of the WebMD site (www.webmd.com/fda) will feature FDA consumer health information, and the agency will contribute to WebMD's print magazine, which is distributed to physician office waiting rooms. The FDA website receives about six million visits each month, with its consumer health information page drawing about 130,000 visits. WebMD.com has more than 40 million unique users each month. WebMD will give the FDA details about the number of users visiting the joint online resource and viewing individual content items.

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