WFMY -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a free app on iTunes that allows medical device and prescription users to quickly file complaints.
The agency said it created the app, MedWatcher, to promote its mission of voluntary public reporting, which helps the agency identify and address safety hazards of FDA-approved medical products.
Key features allow users to select the problematic prescription and devices from a list in the "library" tab and report the problem from the "report adverse effect" tab.
Next, the user would fill out detailed information and include a photo about the adverse side effects or other problems believed to be associated with the drug or device.
People can use the device for more than filing a report with the FDA. A feature called the "watch list" allows a MedWatcher app to select prescriptions/devices on which they wish to receive FDA alerts, information on new warning labels and updates about the drug, itself.
Mobile app users can see reports about the specific drug/device for which others have filed reports. For example, the most up-to-date report on Adderall (commonly prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder) was filed on April of 2012 and said a 13-year-old male experienced a side effect (claimed by the report filer to have been caused by Adderall) that required hospitalization.
The FDA said its investigators will review the complaints and determine if the medical device or prescription in question actually caused the reported problem.
The MedWatcher app is not yet available for the Android.