A popular Smartphone application was a while back, that helped people deal with the H1N1 swine flu pandemic last year, and now another one has developed an app for iPhone about drug safety.
Medwatcher is a free iPhone app that gives you the latest news about government safety alerts about medications. This also enables you to report any side effects that you have experienced so that data can be collected for the benefit of all.
This application will help detect any problems with drugs that were not evident at the stage of clinical trials and is a way of engaging the public for surveillance.
The app offers information about the drug, in an alphabetically organized list, sends you all FDA drug alerts such as if there is an increased mortality risk associated with one, or if another had an undeclared drug ingredient.
You can access latest information about news items such as green tea, drug for osteoporosis, why egg farms caused salmonella breakouts (some recent health related stories) etc.
You can view user comments on a given item and then add your own and also report an event. Personal identifying information remains private and is not shared or displayed.