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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 43-46

Informatics applied to pharmacovigilance: Future perspectives


Department of Science of Health, School of Medicine, University of Catanzaro and Pharmacovigilance Centre, Calabria Region, University Hospital Mater Domini, Catanzaro, Italy

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Emilio Russo
Department of Science of Health, School of Medicine, University of Catanzaro, Viale Europa - Germaneto 88100 Catanzaro
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0976-500X.120950

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Spontaneous adverse drugs reaction (ADRs) reporting represents a precious resource for control and information about the drug's safety and pharmacovigilance. The current reporting system is mainly based on handwritten forms and later manually loaded into a national electronic database by few local pharmacovigilance centers. This reporting system is complicated for both reporters and pharmacovigilance centers which often avoid reporting ADRs for several reasons such as the lack of data on the report. The reporting system might be implemented by improving online platform for ADRs upload; this could allow inspecting all ADRs loaded. Currently, the database is only accessible by the Italian Medicine Agency (AIFA) and local pharmacovigilance centers; neither reporters nor other healthcare professionals can access the database. Finally, it would be right to implement pharmacovigilance centers with specific professional figures qualified in the pharmacovigilance to support both citizens and reporters on various aspects of ADRs reporting.


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