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The changing face of (benefit-)risk management - Volume 24, Issue

Over the last 20 years the focus of post-approval management of medicines has changed from risk management to the assessment and management of benefit-risk. In the EU this has been reinforced by changes in the legislation underpinning…

A shot at demystifying the risk management plan for medical writers - Volume 24, Issue

A risk management plan (RMP) is a complex regulatory document which is now required in the European Union as part of a medicine's approval process. This article offers practical guidance for medical writers who are interested in writing an RMP. In a…

Legislation and the lay audience: Challenges of communicating benefit and risk in the light of new regulations - Volume 24, Issue

There is a paradigm shift in the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies towards transparency and an emphasis on the benefit-risk ratio of medicines. The recent changes in legislation surrounding clinical documentation have produced…

Using social media as the patient's voice in the benefit-risk assessment of drugs: Are we ready? - Volume 24, Issue

There is no doubt that the public interest in healthcare-related issues is growing. This, coupled with the surge in the use of social media, leaves the pharmaceutical industry with a set of unique opportunities and challenges. The screening and…

Odd cases and risky cohorts: Measures of risk and association in observational studies - Volume 26, Issue

Hundreds of statistical tests, procedures, and descriptive measures are used in clinical research. Risks, odds, and hazards are among the most common but not always the most understood. They are often used in all three types of observational studies…

EMA releases the revised Good Pharmacovigilance Practices Module V – updated guidance on risk management plans - Volume 26, Issue

Recently, the EMA released the revised Module V – Risk Management Systems (Rev 2) of Good Pharmacovigilance Practices (GVP) accompanied by a revised version of the guidance on the format of the risk management plan (RMP) in the EU – in integrated…

Risk Management - Volume 24, Issue

The thalidomide tragedy of the early 1960s cost several thousand lives, but it ultimately led to changes that will undoubtedly save many thousands more: it triggered a chain of events involving the WHO and the ICH that resulted in the…

Is cancer preventable? A literature review - Volume 21, Issue

Despite significant progress in tumour diagnosis and treatment over the last few years, cancer remains a major cause of death worldwide. Cancer prevention through diet and lifestyle changes is gaining importance, as our understanding of the…

EMWA News - Volume 25, Issue

EMWA team responds to ICMJE requirements on sharing clinical trial data In January 2016, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) proposed requirements on sharing clinical trial data, in Darren Taichman’s editorial, Annals of…

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