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Piloting Health Records and Drug Reaction Reporting

In conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Pfizer is determining whether having physicians use computerized patient health records will increase the number of adverse drug side effects reported to FDA, according to the Wall Street Journal. In this three-month pilot program, when physicians enter information into the chart that says they dropped a drug due to a side effect, a pop-up box asks for more information and sends it along through an outside agency to the FDA. "The public-health impact is much quicker recognition of problems with medicines," Brigham and Women's internist Jeffrey Linder says. Eli Lilly has a similar pilot underway at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.