Supp.AI tracks how drugs and supplements interact

Dietary supplements
The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence’s Supp.AI search engine combs through research focusing on interactions involving nutritional supplements as well as drugs. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle

Physicians and regulators keep close tabs on how different drugs interact. But what about interactions involving dietary supplements?

“There’s just no way for anybody to keep up with the combinations of supplements and drugs,” said Deborah Rappaport, vice president of product at InHealth Medical Services. “It’s a huge number.”

Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, or AI2, is harnessing the power of its Semantic Scholar academic search engine to make the job easier. Today it unveiled Supp.AI, a searchable database that indexes 4,650 supplements and drugs from Abbokinase to Zytiga, and serves up research findings on more than 56,000 interactions involving those products.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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