openFDA launched today and with it the first publicly available dataset—Drug Adverse Reaction and Medication Error Reports—that covers more than 4 million records from 2004 to 2013.
The openFDA team compiled 10 things to help developers use this dataset more effectively, including:
- Interactive examples created by the openFDA team to give perspective to the data. The example scenarios with queries help teach how to perform different types of searches on the data.
- Reference page that gives detailed interpretations of what can be expected from the API call.
- Special openfda section that provides a number of additional data fields, including: Unique Ingredient Identifier, National Drug Code and New Drug Application Number.
Sean Herron is a Presidential Innovation Fellow serving at FDA.