More than 100,000 doctors have registered to receive emails about safety alerts and drug recalls. Are you one of them?
The service is provided for free by the nonprofit iHealth Alliance, and you can sign up here.
The alerts are tailored to your specialty, and are limited mostly to the "Dear Doctor" letters that drug manufacturers send out about label changes, recalls and warnings.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
"After receiving email notifications, doctors will get updates by going to a Web site called the Health Care Notification Network, which will archive alerts for a year, and will record that the doctors have gone to the site to see the notices. The network will provide suggested language that doctors can forward to their patients....The network may also be used to send doctors information on major public-health emergencies or bioterrorism alerts. "
If you haven't already, you can also sign up for the FDA's MedWatch safety alert and recall emails. It's always good to cover your bases.
Also, your patients can be sent alerts about drugs they are taking by setting up an online personal-health record here.