Data Library: Health

When doctors make mistakes, the federal government collects valuable data about what went wrong. Our datasets cover problems with medical devices and prescription drugs, among other things.

  • FDA Adverse Events Reporting System

    The FDA relies on the Adverse Event Reporting system to flag safety issues and identify pharmaceuticals or therapeutic biological products (such as blood products), for further epidemiological study. It may ultimately prompt regulatory responses such as drug labeling changes, letters to health care professionals, or market withdrawals.
    The ...

  • Medical Device Reports (MAUDE)

    The MAUDE dataset includes information about problems that occurred with medical devices, including injuries, deaths and/or product malfunctions.

    The data comes from two forms: Medwatch 3500 and 3500A. Health officials use form 3500 to voluntarily report adverse events. User facilities (hospitals, ´╗┐clinics, etc.) as well as product distributors and manufacturers ...

  • National Practitioner Data Bank

    This file is an August, 2011, download from the National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File. On Sept. 1 the federal government removed the data, which had been publicly available since 1990.

    Investigative Reporters and Editors, along with the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists, is ...