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These five short videos look at the challenges that five pharmacovigilance professionals face in their respective countries.

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In collaboration with award-winning journalists at Miran Media, UMC has produced a series of short documentaries focusing on challenges and success stories of pharmacovigilance in five countries across the globe.

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The first issue of Uppsala Reports for the year is now available online, featuring medicines safety articles by field experts and representatives from UMC and the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring.

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What do UMC's 40 years add up to? Lots of commitment, lots of innovation, lots of ground-breaking science, and a world-wide collaboration network that has taken pharmacovigilance to where it is today.

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How can we track side effects to new vaccines that are used in emergency situations? And how can we create an environment where citizens feel comfortable about reporting side effects? In UMC’s podcast, doctor Rebecca Chandler talks about medicines safety in emergencies, and how pharmacovigilance fits into the One Health approach.

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The Uppsala Monitoring Centre is proud to announce that the new version of VigiFlow has been launched. The system is now undergoing continuous updates to comply with the latest international standards of ICH E2B(R3) and to offer improved support for entering data of ADR and AEFI reports.

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Although there is yet to be a national pharmacovigilance centre in Kuwait, Reem Al-Essa launched a social media campaign to inform the public in her country about adverse effects and how to report them.

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The alarming spread of new psychoactive substances has prompted the UK to pilot a system for easy reporting of harms associated with these illicit drugs.

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There is much more to pharmacovigilance than the collection of numbers and data. If we really want to create a culture of drug safety, says UMC’s Rebecca Chandler, we need to start listening to patients.

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Uppsala Monitoring Centre has teamed up with the medicine regulatory authorities and National Pharmacovigilance centres of 20 countries to launch a social media campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of over-the-counter medicines.

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