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1 Pharmacovigilance Shanthi Pal, M.Pharmacy, PhD Quality Assurance and Safety of Medicines WHO

2 2 Learning objectives Participants will be aware of what pharmacovigilance is Participants will learn why safety monitoring is important Participants will learn what WHO is doing in pharmacovigilance Participants will learn what they could do in pharmacovigilance

3 3 Medicine Safety To undergo treatment you have to be very healthy, because apart from your sickness you have to withstand the medicine. Molière

4 Pharmacovigilance What IS this?

5 5 The science and activities relating to the detection, evaluation, understanding and prevention of adverse drug reactions or any other drug-related problems Pharmacovigilance

6 6 Pharmacovigilance Major Aims early detection of unknown safety problems detection of increases in frequency identification of risk factors quantifying risks preventing patients from being affected unnecessarily Rational and Safe use of Medicines

7 7 Why Pharmacovigilance? Pre-marketing safety data Animal Experiments: Relevant? Clinical Trials: Complete?

8 8 Why Pharmacovigilance? Post Marketing Topics Unexpected adverse reactions Interactions Risk factors Quality of life Long-term efficacy Cost assessment

9 9 Why Pharmacovigilance? Adverse Drug Reactions are among the top ten causes of mortality (Lazarou J. et al., 1998)

10 10 Why Pharmacovigilance? The percentage of hospital admissions due to drug related events in some countries is about or more than 10%. (Bhalla et al, 2003; Imbs et al, 1999)

11 11 Why Pharmacovigilance? Economic impact Drug related morbidity and mortality expenses exceeded US$ billion in the USA in 2000 (Ernst & Grizzle, 2001)

12 12 WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring WHOHQWHOCollaborating Centre, Uppsala NationalCentres

13 13 WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring (HQ) Policy Exchange of Information Technical support to countries Advisory Committee on Safety of Medicinal Products

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15 15 Technical support to countries Training courses on pharmacovigilance (Regional Training Courses, biennial course by UMC and HQ) Annual Meeting of Pharmacovigilance Centres

16 16 WHO Collaborating Centre (Uppsala Monitoring Centre) ADR database No of reports: more than 3.5 million Each year increase ~160,000 / year

17 17 WHO Collaborating Centre (Uppsala Monitoring Centre) ADR Reports Analysis Output Feedback to National Centres Signal documents

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19 19 Why Pharmacovigilance for Procurement and Management Supply Plans? It is not always the product that determines drug safety but how it is used There is a high risk of misuse of drugs Disease Population Drug Health care system More than 50% of ADRs are preventable

20 20 Public Health or community health Science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health and efficiency through organized community efforts.

21 21 Public Health Programmes Specific to each country (developed or developing) Dependent on: The specific burden of illness The epidemiology of prevalent disease

22 22 DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Endemic and/or epidemic diseases Tuberculosis, Leprosy, HIV/AIDS, STD Malaria, Schistosomiasis, Amoebiasis, Leishmaniasis, Trachoma, Lymphatic filariasis, Onchocerciasis, High morbidity and mortality rates

23 23 PHP Education Environmental modifications Nutrition intervention Lifestyle and behavioural changes Mass free distribution of drugs


25 25 PHP monitoring Incidence and prevalence of the disease Morbidity and mortality rates Number of patients treated Number of drug units delivered What about the risk / effectiveness of drugs used?

26 26 PHP guidelines (WHO, National) Inadequate (no) reference to: ADRs Pharmacovigilance Reporting

27 27 New Challenges in PHPs Mass treatment regimens Nutritional aspects Unlabelled and off-labelled indications (pregnant or breast feeding woman, small children, elderly people) Drug resistances New drugs Co-morbidities Adherence

28 28 Eroding confidence in the malaria programme

29 29 Main reasons of discontinuation of first HAART regimen within 1st year: ICONA ICO N A Italian Cohort Naive Antiretroviral Monforte et al. AIDS 1999

30 30 EXISTING SYSTEMS WHO PROGRAMMES WHO PROGRAMMES V a c c i n e s Malaria Tuberculosis Filariasis HIV / AIDS WHO-PV (UMC) PV Coordinator National PV centre PATIENTS NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMMES Vaccines Malaria Tuberculosis Filariasis HIV/AIDS Health workers PATIENTS

31 31 Urgent need for synergistic collaboration PHP opportunity to implement PV activities Offer a cohort of patients under controlled conditions to be monitored for safety over a period of time PV detect, evaluate, and prevent adverse events promote rational use of drugs in mass treatment programmes Evaluate the impact of the programmes improve acceptability of the programme

32 32 Expert Safety Review Panel INTEGRATING P.H.P AND PV FUNCTIONAL AND STRUCTURAL RELATIONSHIP W.H.O PROGRAMMES W.H.O PROGRAMMES V a c c i n e s M a l a r i a T u b e r c u l o s i s F i l a r i a s i s T r a c h o m a t i s WHO ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHO-PV (UMC) PV Coordinator National PV centre Health workers NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMMES V a c c i n e s M a l a r i a T u b e r c u l o s i s F i l a r i a s i s T r a c h o m a t i s DISTRICT INVESTIGATION TEAM DRUG REGULATORY AUTHORITY PATIENTS

33 33 Strengthen spontaneous reporting systems Establish active surveillance component in public health programmes HIV/AIDS Malaria Lymphatic filariasis Work with the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring (the Uppsala Monitoring Centre) PV and PHP Synergy

34 34 Malaria Collaboration Joint training course Joint reviews of specific antimalarials Artemesinin derivatives Chlorproguanil-dapsone Amodiaquine-artesunate Joint initiatives for collaboration with pharmaceutical industry – Novartis Agreement

35 35 Collaboration with HIV/AIDS Workshop in Pretoria 2004 Action plan developed by ACSoMP 2005 Joint training course planned for April 2006

36 36 Collaboration with TDR Chlorproguanil-dapsone example Joint initiatives on post-marketing surveillance studies (Phase 4 clinical trials) Joint initiatives on development of pregnancy registers for antimalarials and antrietrovirals

37 37 "Dying from a disease is sometimes unavoidable. But, dying from an adverse drug reaction is unacceptable". - Dr Vladimir Lepakhin Geneva 2005

38 38 Procurement and Supply Management Plan 2.6 Ensuring rational use of medicines Is there a system for monitoring adverse drug reactions and drug resistance? If yes, describe briefly how the system works. If no, describe plans to establish a system.

39 Thank You Merci beaucoup !

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