Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are intended to heal, but all too often people have adverse reactions to medications. The wrong pill, the wrong dose, or the wrong combination of medications can have serious, life-altering consequences.
Dr. Charles Bennett is a hematologist and oncologist whose research focuses on preventing adverse drug events and improving drug safety. Along with his team at the Medication Safety and Efficacy Center, he is studying ways to make drug information more consumer-friendly and creating new training tools for healthcare providers.
Dr. Bennett has first-hand experience with commercializing technology and starting new companies. In 1998, he founded internationally known RADAR (Research on Adverse Drug events And Reports), which investigates and disseminates information about adverse drug and device reactions. During the last decade, the company’s work has identified potentially fatal and previously unreported side effects associated with more than 40 drugs.
His work is well supported. Dr. Bennett has been awarded more than $4.2 million in federal research grants.