A recent study in Drug Safety demonstrated that patients are increasingly reporting their side effects via Twitter. Utilizing a semi-automated process to identify 23 drug products on Twitter, approximately 7 million tweets were assessed, with 60,000 evaluated, producing 4,400 identified. Many of the events related to side effects from drugs and how they were responding to therapy.
Another recent study also highlighted the use of social media in drug safety analysis. The researchers have highlighted the growing use of social media as a low-cost monitoring tool for federal agencies and drug manufacturers to utilize.