By studying the genetic underpinnings of adverse drug reactions, the US Food and Drug Administration is hoping to avoid recalling drugs based on their negative impact on a few and depriving the greater population of beneficial treatment.

In late September, the FDA and a collection of industry and academic partners kicked off the Serious Adverse Events Consortium, a collaborative effort that hopes to identify genetic markers that might be used to identify patients at high risk for adverse reactions to particular drugs.

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