Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Claim: Wikipedia Drug Info Incomplete

Researchers in Florida have found that Wikipedia entries for medications, while generally accurate, often omit important information about possible adverse effects and dangerous interactions with other drugs.
Dr. Kevin A. Clauson of Nova Southeastern University in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and his colleagues found few factual errors in their evaluation of Wikipedia entries on 80 drugs. But these entries were often missing important information, for example the fact that the anti-inflammatory drug Arthrotec (diclofenac and misoprostol) can cause pregnant women to miscarry, or that St. John's wort can interfere with the action of the HIV drug Prezista (darunavir).


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