Does anyone know, on average, how long it takes for openFDA to be updated once the quarterly extracts are released? Is there a way to track this? TIA

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openFDA refreshes its Drug Event endpoint once a week, which means a new quarterly FAERS release would get picked up within 7 days after the release.

You could track this, for example, by making periodic calls to https://api.fda.gov/drug/event.json and checking meta.results.total value. It increases significantly with each FAERS release.

  • Thanks, Denis. You wouldn't happen to know when the data for Q3 2020 will be released? I have submitted an inquiry to CDER/SBIA; however, they have not gotten back to me yet. Thanks again.
    – Steve
    Nov 10, 2020 at 14:32
  • Unfortunately, I don't. Asking CDER directly is the right thing to do; hopefully they'll get back to you with an answer soon. Nov 10, 2020 at 18:18

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