FDA has added a trove of historical medical device data to its openFDA initiative's Application Programming Interface. It expands the previous openFDA resources about medical device-related adverse events and recalls by incorporating information from the total medical device product life cycle, writes FDA in a news release. The initiative is designed to help developers and researchers access device information more easily in the hope that it will spur them to develop innovative new products to promote public health, explains the agency. The release of information represents one of the biggest updates to the information-sharing initiative since it got underway in 2014, reports FierceBiotechIT.
OpenFDA was created in response to an order from the White House issued in 2012 that called on federal agencies to use digital technology to make government information more easily accessible to the public. Since then, FDA has created APIs related to drugs, devices and food. The latest release includes 6,000 records on device classification, 24,000 registrations of device companies and listings of more than 100,000 devices, notes FDA in a blog post published on Sept. 3.