Abstract: The current challenges in dealing with adverse event reports from social media

 

Abstract: The current challenges in dealing with adverse event reports from social media

Revolution within the health regulatory bodies since the disaster of the thalidomide related birth defects during 1961 has lead the pharmaceutical companies to develop sophisticated measures to monitor the safe use of marketed products. Regulatory requirements have also changed from purely passive monitoring and reacting to alerts to a proactive approach that includes risk management plans and risk minimization, and from reporting only by healthcare professionals to patient reporting and exploration of social media and other social networks.