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From adverse events to risk management

From Adverse Events to Risk management

Munir Anwar Ph. D

Chief Operating Officer

Martin Dow limited

Why pharmacovigilance
Why Pharmacovigilance?

  • Started with the administration of plants as medication in old ages….

Why pharmacovigilance1
Why Pharmacovigilance?

  • : Thalidomide disaster.

  • : WHO resolution laying basis of

    monitoring of adverse drug reactions


  • : WHO Research Centre for monitoring

    ADRs setup.

    1995 : EMEA

From adrs to risk management
From ADRs to risk management

From :

The detection, evaluation, understanding and prevention of adverse drug reactions of marketed drugs (PV).

To :

The risk management of drugs during their whole lifecycle.

Risk management
Risk management

  • Risk management : identification and implementation of strategies to reduce risk to individuals and populations

  • Risk assessment : identification, evaluation of the nature and severity of risks associated with the use of a product.

  • Pharmacovigilance specification :summary of the known risks of a drug, the potential for unidentified risks.

Risk management1
Risk management

  • Tools

    • Collection of adverse Events from clinical trials and Adverse Reactions from market.

    • Management of cases collected : evaluation, coding, causality assessment, reporting.

    • Global evaluation : written summary, Summary of clinical safety, Periodic Safety Update Reports (PSUR).

    • Pharmacoepidemiology.

Risk management2
Risk management

  • Premarketing phase

  • Registration / Approval

  • Marketing phase

Health professional ambition
Health Professional Ambition

  • At the end we need to get a product with known risk profile and benefit which outweigh the risk.

Risk assessment in clinical trials
Risk assessment in clinical trials

Requires :

  • Drug knowledge : pharmacology, pharmacological class…

  • Disease indication understanding :

    Disease : evolution, complications

    Population treated : age, concurrent illness,

    concomitant usual treatment.

    Objective :

  • To define the background rate of events.

  • Pharmacovigilance tools

Premarketing risk assessment
Premarketing risk assessment

  • Preclinical studies

  • Photosensitivity : drugs which absorbed light between

    290 and 700nm are at risk, photoinstability.

    • In vivo / in vitro test required.

      • Toxicity

      • Allergy.

      • Carcinogenicity / mutagenicity.

    • Pharmacokinetics : drug localized in skin and / or eyes?

    • Pharmacological class / indication

    • Adverse events collection

Drug interactions
Drug interactions

  • Absorption

  • Metabolism

  • Elimination

  • Pharmacodynamic interactions

Drug interactions1
Drug interactions

Antacids : block absorption of many drugs

interval of 2 hours between intake.

  • Elderly population will be tested.

    Drug – food interaction

    Grapefruit juice inhibits intestinal CYP CA4 which

    affects drug metabolism

Drug interactions2
Drug interactions

Drug – disease interaction :

Renal disease

Liver disease

Drug interactions3
Drug interactions

Interaction on the target organ:

Addition of effects




Post marketing risk management
Post-marketing risk management

Tools :

Routine pharmacovigilance practices

including :

  • Collection

  • Evaluation

  • Reporting

  • Periodic Safety Update Reports

  • Signal generation

Post marketing risk management1
Post-marketing risk management

Should take into consideration :

  • The assessed risk

  • The epidemiology of the disease :

    • Incidence / prevalence

    • Severity / disability

    • Evolution

    • Cost

  • The Drugs available.

  • In some cases further studies are needed (morbidity-mortality…)

From adverse events to risk management

Definition of an Adverse Event

The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) definition of an adverse event is "any untoward (undesirable) medical occurrence in a patient ... administered a pharmaceutical product and which does not necessarily have to have a causal relationship with this treatment."

From adverse events to risk management

WHY REPORT Adverse Events?

Serious adverse events (SAE's) resulting from the use of thalidomide were not immediately reported from 1957 to 1961.

This occurred prior to the implementation of federal regulations governing the reporting of adverse events associated with pharmaceutical products.

As a result, 10,000 children in 12 countries were born with deformities.

Risk benefit Ratio is always change. SAE reporting will help it to understand better

From adverse events to risk management

WHY REPORT Adverse Events?

  • In 1994, the FDA learned from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that 22 patients who were treated with high doses of IV immunoglobulin (IGIV) were experiencing aseptic meningitis syndrome (AMS).

  • As a result, the FDA directed IGIV manufacturers to include a precaution statement about the occurrence of the syndrome.

  • Due to diligent reporting, physicians and patients were made aware of a potential threat to patient safety.

From adverse events to risk management

WHY REPORT Adverse Events?

  • There are several implications of NOT reporting AE's:

    • Patient safety is compromised.

    • Failure to report adverse events may result in a regulatory

    • violation and/or legal penalties.

    • The drug may have to be removed from the market.

    • Clinical trials may have to be discontinued.

    • A pharmaceutical company's reputation may be

    • destroyed.

    • You could also be personally accountable for non-

    • compliance to global regulations.

    • Current Safety profile for the drug will not be reflected in

    • product label.

From adverse events to risk management

Importance of Adverse Event Collection

  • Patient Safety

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • Product Information

  • Prescriber confidence

  • Impact on Corporate Assets

From adverse events to risk management

Adverse Event Reporting Required Information

  • “R” eporter Information

  • "E" vent Information

  • "P" atient Information

  • "P" roduct Information

From adverse events to risk management

“R” eporter Information

  • Name, Address, Telephone/Fax

  • Reporter Classification

    • Health care professional

  • (certified medical professional)

    • Consumer

  • Secondary reporter or contact

  • Relatedness opinion

From adverse events to risk management

“E” vent Information

  • Describe the adverse event(s) providing relevant details - labs, diagnosis

  • Explain what happened and when it happened

  • Specify how long the event occurred

  • Describe what action was taken (drug discontinued)

  • Describe the outcome of the event(s)

From adverse events to risk management

“P” atient Information

  • Patient’s Initials (unique identifier)

  • - follow up

  • Demographics (age, race, gender)

  • - data analysis

  • Medical History

  • - case assessment

From adverse events to risk management

“P” roduct Information

  • Product Name

    • Trade and Generic Names

    • Manufacturer

  • Dose / Dosage Form

  • Therapy Dates / Duration

  • Indication for Use

Serious adverse event
Serious Adverse Event

An adverse event is considered serious if the event results in any of the following:

  • A patient's death.

  • A life-threatening situation (an immediate danger of dying).

  • Inpatient hospitalization (or prolongs an in-patient hospitalization).

  • Severe or permanent disability.

  • Congenital anomaly.

  • Or is deemed as serious for other reasons by the reporter (use when no other serious criteria/indicator applies but the event is of serious medical consequence)..

Step forward
Step forward

  • What our authorities should do?

    • Issue guidelines

    • Capacity building of staff

    • Reporting format

    • Reporting medium (web based, 7/24)

    • What to report

      • All complaints ???

      • ADRs in the prescribing information?

      • ADRs first time reported

    • Who to report ?

      • Manufacturer

      • Physician

      • Patient

    • How to respond to reports?


  • Evaluation of safety does exist during the whole life of a drug.

  • Risk management should help the correct prescription and use of a drug.

  • Risk management means that the benefits outweigh the risk.

From adverse events to risk management

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