As context for this question, look at the response for NDA211172 (inotersen) from the
label.json endpoint: https://api.fda.gov/drug/label.json?search=openfda.application_number.exact:NDA211172
I have an internal tool for tracking content changes between versions of labels per application ID. This one just changed version from 4 to 5 and got a new SPL ID (
The diff for the change in label shows a bunch of places where whitespace has been removed and created many places where words are incorrectly concatenated together. For example, look at the
7 DRUG INTERACTIONS7.1 Antiplatelet Drugs or Anticoagulant MedicationsBecause of the risk
This has 2 places where words are missing significant whitespace:
I'm guessing this is due to some data transformation process that isn't handling newline characters like
This is not a problem in older versions of JSON labels so I expect there must be some change over the past year that is incrementally introducing this bug in more and mover labels over time.