Category: Fellows Posters
This research is a progression of “Trends in adverse event reporting received though social media,” a 2017 review analyzing adverse events (AEs) retrieved from social media over a 10-year period from 01 January 2007 to 30 June 2017. The review highlighted the growing utilization of social media outlets for consumer reported AEs.1 The aim of the current review is to further evaluate reporting trends by categorizing consumer demographics and product types amongst social media platforms to identify technology implementation opportunities (i.e. chat bots) to facilitate safety data collection.
The 2017 review analyzed the global safety databases of a single marketing authorization holder (MAH) to review AEs retrieved from social media platforms including Facebook®, Instagram®, and Twitter®. A total of 312,173 individual case safety reports (ICSRs) comprising of 777,415 AEs were reported over the 10-year period. Products involved included over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and cosmetics. The current research will utilize software packages such as R and Python to analyze the existing data for trends in reporting. Parameters that will be evaluated include age, gender, and product specificity against the social media platform where the AE was reported. A manual analysis of ICSRs will be conducted to determine which social media platform the AE was reported on.