Leaders in Risk Management

The Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) is an independent academic unit internationally respected for its work in Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacoepidemiology, Risk Management and Training Services for over 30 years.

In partnership with doctors in England, the DSRU, led by Director Professor Saad Shakir, aims to protect patients in primary and specialist care from unwanted adverse effects of newly marketed medicines using our unique methods of monitoring patients during the lifecycle of medicines.

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DSRU offers a comprehensive range of education and training courses. Find out more or view our complete course calendar.

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26 Sep - 27 Sep 2018 Pharmacovigilance Planning and Risk Management

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Studying the safety of hospital medicines

The DSRU has a unique method for conducting post-authorisation safety studied (PASS) on medicines prescribed in hospital or specialist care. This SCEM (Specialist Cohort Event Monitoring) methodology allows us to work directly with specialists and health care teams in hospitals in order to recruit patients to the observational study and collect utilisation and safety data.

We are now working on our fourth SCEM study. This method is ideal for studying the safety or utilisation of medicines that are initially prescribed in hospital or specialist care and later transferred to primary care. We work closely with specialists in the relevant therapeutic areas to understand the prescribing of the drug to be studied, in order to design a bespoke protocol that is best suited to the medicine concerned.

Further details are available here.

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Did you know that we can conduct PASS studies in secondary care using our SCEM methodology? Watch this short video to find out how it works:



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Moving into a career in Pharmacovigilance

The Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) offers a range of Pharmacovigilance (PV) training courses suitable for those looking for a career in pharmacovigilance, seeking career progression or in a position that requires PV knowledge and understanding. Depending on specific interests and current knowledge, the team at the DSRU is able to recommend which of our training courses could help […]

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