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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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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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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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The WHODrug country list look-up service is piloting a new channel for easier access to structured and quality-assured medicinal product information, tailored for use in mobile reporting apps and other data-collection tools by countries in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring.

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Since 2015, Eritrea’s National Pharmacovigilance Centre has carried out analysis of domestic adverse drug reaction reports, to better understand medicines-related issues in the country, and rely less on safety information from external sources.

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