Tech Talk: Datamining a boost for detecting side effects

A tool that can track associations between new medicines and adverse events is being touted as a game changer for safer GP prescribing.

Currently, when a new drug is released on the market, fewer than 50% of its side effects are known, and they can take years to pin down.

However, all that is changing with the invention of an algorithm by Australian researchers that analyses large population datasets to expose links between scripts for new medicines and adverse events, such as hospitalisations.

In practice, the tool will complement spontaneous