To the Editor:
The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) makes adverse drug reaction (ADR) data available to the community through the US Freedom of Information Act. Analysis of these data, however, is complicated by the file format and the huge size of the database. An editorial in this journal urged the FDA to update the database and make access “available to all [...] FDA staffers as well as experts from outside the agency”1. Indeed, in a subsequent article, Pratt and Danese2 announced their implementation of an AERS query engine, which they dubbed 'FDAble'. Unfortunately, like other commercial search engines, FDAble is not free.