Uppsala Monitoring Centre blog

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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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We publish and distribute a variety of well researched, informational posters for conferences and communications.

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These new courses are a great step forward for international pharmacovigilance and knowledge sharing.

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This short film is a window into the development of medicine safety in Nepal.

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Patient-derived reports add a richness to our understanding of medicine safety that would not be achieved by relying on healthcare professionals’ reports alone. Pharmacovigilance specialist Sten Olsson explains why.

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By breaking down the wall between the pre- and post-marketing phases in a medication’s life-cycle, the safety profile of a new product would have more time to mature in the real world, argues Dr Agnes Kant from Lareb.

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Using adverse event cluster analysis – a novel data-driven approach to signal exploration – UMC and the Danish pharmacovigilance centre have researched the extent of safety concerns associated with HPV vaccinations.

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Annie and Mac’s Adventures – Uppsala Monitoring Centre’s comic book on pharmacovigilance – is currently being piloted in several countries and the feedback will be implemented in the coming number.

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