This comprehensive three-day course has been designed to provide an introductory guide for all those concerned with pharmacovigilance. The interactive programme will cover topics from basic pharmacovigilance principles and terminologies through to the current regulatory framework and its global impact, including drug surveillance in the EU, US and Japan. Proactive pharmacovigilance pre- and post-marketing will be addressed as will risk management, the challenges of causality assessments and effective signal detection.
Our panel of experts will offer practical guidance throughout the course and use real-world examples and case studies to contribute to the development of your knowledge. There will also be ample opportunity to share experiences with the speakers and fellow professionals, which will further enhance your understanding of pharmacovigilance issues.
Key topics to be addressed include:
Anybody involved and interested in the daily practice of pharmacovigilance, including pharmaceutical physicians and those working in:
Principles of pharmacovigilance and data resources
Risk management and risk minimisation: basic principles
Causality assessment: clinical diagnosis of adverse events
The current regulatory framework and its global impact
European post-marketing pharmacovigilance regulations
Proactive pharmacovigilance pre- and post-marketing
Clinical trial ADR reporting requirements
Pharmacoepidemiological studies – basic designs, strengths, weaknesses and examples
Periodic reporting – PSURs and PBRERs
Drug surveillance in countries outside Europe
Practicalities of signal detection
Examples of pharmacoepidemiological studies used in risk management
Practicalities of risk management
A real-world example of the development of a successful EU RMP
Practical pharmacovigilance workshop
A practical case study with valuable hands-on experience
Saad Shakir is Director of the Drug Safety Research Unit. After qualifying and working in Medicine he has been working in pharmacovigilance & pharmacoepidemiology for more than a decade, initially at the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) in the UK then within the Pharmaceutical Industry. He has worked and advised on many drug safety issues including product withdrawals and major safety hazards. He is an author of many publications in scientific journals on pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology and is a member of the editorial boards of the journals of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.
Carol Markwell is a Consultant with more than 30 years experience in pharmacovigilance. She was one of the first to gain the Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacovigilance from the University of Hertfordshire. In industry she managed a team responsible for international case management, UK/ Eire submissions and the preparation of up to 25 PSURs annually. She then set up own pharmacovigilance consultancy providing assistance and pharmacovigilance solutions to pharmaceutical companies large and small across Europe, from a full PV service to process review and optimisation; specification, implementation and validation of global safety databases; pharmacovigilance training, and interim management.
John Parkinson is a Data and Pharmaco-epidemiology Consultant. He previously worked as Director of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) at the MHRA, which developed out of the General Practice Research Database (GPRD) and NIHR Research Capability Programme. He has been instrumental in enabling record linkage of NHS data and of its wide use in the many aspects of pharmacoepidemiology as well as providing input to the pharmaceutical industry on studies and types of studies that companies may find helpful in their quest to make available effective and safe medicines
Dr Glyn Belcher has over 25 years experience in clinical development and drug safety in the pharmaceutical industry. He qualified in medicine from Oxford and Cambridge and received his PhD in neuropharmacology from the latter university. After a number of years in hospital medicine he joined Schering and worked in clinical research in the UK affiliate before moving to headquarters in Berlin, first as head of cardiovascular clinical research and later as head of a new safety department covering clinical development activities. He then became Director of Clinical Drug Safety and EU QPPV for Takeda Europe and a global safety officer of Takeda headquarters in Osaka. His most recent position in the industry was Vice President of Drug Safety and Risk Management for all ex-USA territories of Biogen Idec and EU QPPV for the company. He now has his own consultancy company, PV Consultancy Ltd, and works with a number of companies in the areas of clinical development and drug safety, as well as undertaking an increasing commitment to teaching and training in these areas.
Bill Richardson is a Medical Assessor at NDA Group. He initially qualified in medicine and trained as an anaesthetist, before moving to the Pharmaceutical Industry, working for 15 years in Medical Affairs, Clinical Development, and Pharmacovigilance. He joined the Medicines Control Agency (now MHRA) in 2002 and had responsibility for monitoring the safety of “black triangle” products; signal generation and assessment; pharmacovigilance assessment for CHM, PRAC and CHMP; assessment of licence variations; assessment of Periodic Safety Update Reports and Risk Management Plans; and assessment of advertising.
Professor Ian Douglas is an epidemiologist, currently funded by an MRC Methodology Fellowship. He initially studied physiology and completed a PhD in Manchester. Since then he has spent several years at the UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and in the pharmaceutcial industry investigating adverse effects of drugs – both in clinical trials and post-marketing. He completed the MSc in epidemiology at LSHTM in 2005. He is the course organiser for the LSHTM Certificate Course in Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance.
His research interests are primarily in pharmacoepidemiology, and in particular, how we can use large primary care databases to investigate the effects of drugs – both harmful and beneficial. He is exploring methodologies to minimise some of the biases inherent in the research of drug effects, and main current areas of interest are case-only approaches to study design and the use of propensity scores. He is also a member of the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group.
Shelley is currently using her regulatory experience to work with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure they implement the new pharmacovigilance legislation. Shelley is part of the NDA Group AB and previously was with the MHRA (UK Regulatory Authority) for 19 years. She has extensive knowledge of all European regulatory processes relating to monitoring the safety of licensed medicinal products and ancillary devices and has investigated possible risks and has taken appropriate actions to minimise risk to public health through both European and National Committees.
Dr Seema Jaitly qualified in Medicine from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1992 and worked in hospital medicine for four years. She has worked in the pharma industry for over 18 years at CROs and companies spanning clinical research, medical affairs, pharmacovigilance and the EU QPPV role. In 2010 she founded Essjay Solutions to offer pharmacovigilance services, consultancy and contracting services.
She is currently studying for an MSc in epidemiology with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.