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Improvements needed in recording brand and batch numbers for biological medicines to ensure patient safety

Health professionals need to improve how they record brand and batch numbers for biologic medicines to ensure patients stay safe, according to a new study published this week. The research, carried out by the UK’s Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) and Dutch not-for-profit organisation, Lygature, and published in the journal Drug Safety, shows hospital pharmacists, doctors and nurses only recorded batch numbers for biologic medicines between 38 per cent and 58 per cent of the time during routine hospital practice. The analysis of UK data showed brand names were recorded more frequently – between 79 per cent and 91 per [...]

By |January 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

GPs urged to help improve patient safety

The DSRU had coverage in the BMJ last week following the issue of the press release below. The article is available to BMJ subscribers here. "The DSRU is calling on GPs to help improve patient safety by providing vital information on possible adverse drug reactions. DSRU conducts Post Authorisation Safety Studies (PASS) in which the safety of newly licensed drugs is monitored using its own bespoke data collection methodology, known as Modified Prescription Event Monitoring (MPEM). This allows DSRU direct access to GPs to request information about any events experienced by patients after they’ve been prescribed a specific drug. DSRU [...]

By |November 5th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

DSRU team at RCGP Annual Conference!

The DSRU team is delighted to be at the Annual Conference of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Liverpool. Our medics are on hand at our booth in the exhibition to explain the vital role that GPs have played in our work to monitor prescription medicines for side effects. The team will also be providing delegates with information about our popular GP Masterclass in Effective Prescribing, which will take place on 13th November at the RCGP in London. The Masterclass has booked up quickly but there are a few places left.

By |October 25th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Improving detection of adverse drug reactions

DSRU Director, Professor Saad Shakir, attended a three day meeting in Erice in Sicily on “Improving the Detection Analysis and Reporting Harms in Medicines”. The meeting was organised by the Uppsala Monitoring Centre and the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in Oxford. The areas addressed at the meeting were the problems and proposed solutions for monitoring adverse drug reactions in clinical trials, the problems and proposed solutions for postmarketing pharmacovigilance and the problems and possible solutions for communications of drug safety. Professor Shakir chaired the session and led the discussion on the proposed solutions for postmarketing pharmacovigilance. He said that [...]

By |October 14th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Expanding the reach of pharmacovigilance education with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The DSRU is delighted to be collaborating with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to deliver two new training days. The courses are designed to introduce the core concepts of the field of drug safety (pharmacovigilance) as well as provide insights into the many career options available. Thinking about a career in the pharmaceutical industry? - Monday 18th November at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, London Do you know anyone looking to kick start their career in drug safety? This collaborative course is aimed at anyone with an interest in pharmacovigilance and related job roles, no previous experience required. Delegates will be introduced [...]

By |October 8th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

DSRU Consultancy: world class science at a not for profit price!

DSRU Consultancy has a small flexible team of epidemiologists, clinicians and pharmacists. Watch this short video to find out how DSRU Consultancy provides advice in pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacovigilance, risk minimisation and risk management. We can provide one-off or ongoing advice or we may give advice that leads to provision of a full study service. We also provide a special consultation service to smaller companies. The initial consultation is free! Watch this video to find out more or get in touch to discuss your enquiry (with no commitment): Dr Liz Lynn, Head of Scientific & Educational Development, elizabeth.lynn@dsru.org

By |September 24th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Success of Big Data for Pharmacovigilance Conference!

The DSRU’s Second Conference on Big Data for Pharmacovigilance has been a great success. Delegates from regulatory bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and academia have heard presentations from high calibre speakers, examining the challenges and opportunities for use of big data sources for the benefit of pharmacovigilance. Gianluca Trifirò from the University of Messina set the scene with an overview of the current status of big data in pharmacovigilance, including developments since our first Conference on Big Data for Pharmacovigilance in 2018. Niklas Noren from the Uppsala Monitoring Centre detailed some lessons learned in developing and deploying machine learning for pharmacovigilance, [...]

By |September 13th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

The DSRU is at ICPE in Philadelphia!

The DSRU team is attending the International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management (ICPE) in Philadelphia. Come and meet our team at booth 204, where you can find out about our hospital PASS studies, our CPRD studies and DSRU Consulting. Find out about our research from our posters: Monday 26th August Characterisation of Drug Interaction Related Signals Leading to EU Regulatory Action and a Methodological Review of Novel Drug Interaction Signal Detection Methods in the Post-Marketing Setting D Roy, L Hazell, V Osborne, S Shakir Impact Analyses of European Pharmacovigilance Interventions on Public Health Burden S Lane, E Lynn, [...]

By |August 27th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Big Data for Pharmacovigilance: looking forward to our 2nd conference!

Our second conference on Big Data for Pharmacovigilance takes place in September in London. We have an impressive line-up of speakers who will examine the use of Big Data from many perspectives.  Highlights include: John Rigg, IQVIA: Realising the full potential of artificial intelligence in big populations Andrew Bate, Pfizer: Routine and emerging Big Data Strategies for Real World Evidence generation Andrew Roddam, GSK: Linking genetic information with clinical data Vassilis Koutkias, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas: OpenPVSignal, a tool for electronic exploration of signal reports Eva-Lisa Meldau, UMC: De-identification: use of natural language processing to remove patient identifiers [...]

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

The importance of recording brand and batch numbers of prescribed biologic medicines

In 2017-18, the NHS saved over £200 million by using more biosimilar medicines1. In 2018, NHS England announced plans to increase the uptake of biosimilars with the aim to save up to £300m a year by 20211. Generic versions of small molecule medicines can be considered chemically identical to the original branded version. A biosimilar is, in principle, the biologic equivalent of a generic drug. However because these are large complex molecules, often produced by living cells, a biosimilar is not regarded as identical to the original biologic drug. The manufacturing process of a biosimilar is very complex, so a [...]

By |July 26th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates!

Congratulations to our students who graduated from Masters in Pharmacovigilance earlier this month. Students graduating either completed their Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Pharmacovigilance, a collaborative programme run with the University of Portsmouth. Our postgraduate qualifications are designed to to be flexible and are suitable for those in full time employment. For minimal time away from the workplace, the option is available to choose to complete two or four modules per year, depending on other commitments. All assignments can be completed and submitted remotely. Hear from one of our Masters graduates, Dania Shamil, who joined the programme to kick [...]

By |July 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

IWG on Signal Detection & Management holds launch call

The launch teleconference for the International Working Group (IWG) on Signal Detection and Management in Pharmacovigilance took place last week. The key points raised included: The advantages of involving artificial intelligence in signal detection The role of risk-benefit assessment in the lifecycle of signal detection Issues with definitions that need to be resolved: such as what is our definition of a signal? The need to include clinical aspects in signal detection/ the need to always be mindful of how the drug is going to be used   The call was attended by 38 of the IWG's 50 signal detection experts [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

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