May 12, 2017

Post-Marketing Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Is Now More Important Than Ever

If you read this blog, you probably follow the world of drug safety closely. So I’m sure you saw the JAMA article, and the resulting coverage by the main stream media, that was authored by Downing, et al., Postmarket Safety Events Among Novel Therapeutics Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration Between 2001 and 2010.

If you haven’t had a chance to read the study yet, the results demonstrated that a third of every drug approved from 2001-2010 was subject to post-marketing action by FDA.  Even more alarming was the finding that drugs with accelerated approval by FDA during this period were twice as likely to be subject to label changes or warnings after approval. 

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April 28, 2017

Pharmacovigilance 2.0 – Let Freedom Ring in Philadelphia!

Next week, May 3rd and 4th, will mark a big moment for Advera Health. Our Chief Product Officer Bob Kyle and I will be attending the World Drug Safety Congress in Philadelphia. The moment will be big, not because we are exhibiting for the first time (we are), or because we are demonstrating significant advances in drug safety data (we are), or even because I’m a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles (I am) and Bob has always dreamed of imitating Rocky and running the 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (he hasn’t).

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April 21, 2017

2016 FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) Data: An Infographic

FDA released the fourth quarter of Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) data on Thursday March 16th.  By Monday March 20th, our team had run the data through our proprietary RxFiler optimization process and the de-duplicated, cleaned, and properly cataloged data were onto our Evidex platform and ready for use by our clients.

For the fourth quarter, we processed 310,222 new unique case reports, which brought the total new unique case reports for 2016 to 1,253,464.

While a full analysis of our Q4 findings is still pending, it’s clear that the sheer volume of case reports continues to grow rapidly. 

Our infographic below provides some key details:

 

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March 31, 2017

Using FAERS to Determine Medical Costs – a Payer Perspective

We're happy to have a guest writer on the RxView blog this week, Alan Lukazewski, RPh – Director of Clinical Pharmacy at WEA Trust

WEA Trust is a not-for-profit health insurer serving Wisconsin public employers, their staffs and families.  In my role as Director of Clinical Pharmacy, I manage pharmacy benefits for WEA Trust, including prior authorization management, clinical program design, and specialty pharmacy management.  Within those areas, I focus attention on adverse drug event detection and prevention, especially in older adults. 

Last year, we partnered with Advera Health on a unique project to determine whether we could use data from theFDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) to determine total medical costs for a particular class of medicines.  Previously, Advera Health published a study detailing their methodology for calculating medical costs from FAERS data, but this would be the first study to pair FAERS data with specific claims data to determine downstream medical costs.

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March 24, 2017

Calculating the Reporting Rate of Adverse Events in FAERS – A New Methodology

It’s been an exciting week for drug safety with articles in both USA Today and FiercePharma examining the five-fold rise in reporting of serious adverse events into FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System over the past twelve years.  We were thrilled to see Advera Health featured prominently in both of those articles.

Despite the significant reporting increase, limitations in the use of FAERS data for post-market surveillance remain.  One of the biggest limitations is that not all adverse events are reported.  As a spontaneous (i.e., voluntary) reporting system, it’s simply not possible for every adverse event to be recorded.  This is different from a controlled clinical trial where all adverse events and outcomes are recorded.

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March 17, 2017

Efficacy vs. Effectiveness - The Role of Pharmacovigilance

I'm pleased to introduce Jill Notte, Director of Global Marketing, APCER Life Sciences, who authored this week's post.

 

 

 

As a marketing communications professional in the pharmaceutical industry, I try to choose my words carefully in everything I write. The field of drug safety, where I have spent the past 15 years of my career, is particularly choosy about its terms. Words have precise definitions, and so we say, for example, that an event is “suspected” when we haven’t yet confirmed whether it is “unexpected” or “serious.”

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February 24, 2017

A Big Data Stumble in Healthcare

This week marked the annual HIMSS Conference.  HIMSS, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, is the big annual gathering of IT firms trying to market their wares into healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurers.

While usually a time for big partnerships, acquisitions, deployments, and new client wins, this year’s HIMSS kicked off in a rather inglorious manner.  On Sunday news broke that world-renowned cancer center MD Anderson had discontinued their partnership with IBM Watson.  After a string of big wins by the Watson team, this appeared to be the first – and certainly the largest – setback.

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February 17, 2017

Increasing Pressure for Increased Pharmacovgilance Capabilities

A few weeks ago, I published a post in this blog, Drug Safety Progressives - The Rise of the Pharmacovigilante. I was blown away by the positive response and resulting discussions. I even received a few requests for the t-shirt shown in the picture, but I’m sorry to say that our business model is based on software-as-a-service, not retail. But I digress… back to the Pharmacovigilantes…

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February 2, 2017

Drug Safety Progressives – The Rise of the Pharmacovigilante

The United States is a polarized place right now. Democrats vs. Republicans. Liberals vs. Conservatives. President Trump vs. the world. The divide runs deep and battle lines have been drawn. And while there is no escaping this highly publicized political chasm, there is another fight being played out in the shadows… The Drug Safety Progressives vs. the Drug Safety Conservatives.

I was at the DIA Pharmacovigilance and Risk Management conference last week, fittingly taking place in Washington D.C right after the inauguration and the women’s march.  The division was obvious.

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January 5, 2017

Working Toward a Cure: The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

In November 2016, I was honored to be asked to join the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR). The foundation began in 1999 as a grassroots organization, and now has expanded their efforts and impact to become the leader in supporting sarcoidosis research. I'm looking forward to using my experiences both as a sarcoidosis patient and in drug safety to contribute to the mission. Please visit www.stopsarcoidosis.org for more information. 

I originally wrote the post below for the FSR blog. The original can be seen here

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