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Adverse event reporting: A brief overview of MedDRA - Volume 23, Issue

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA) has become the lingua franca of safety reporting in a regulatory context. The standardised reporting across different regulatory regions and languages is a…

Reporting non-interventional post-authorisation safety studies (NI-PASS) - Volume 26, Issue

Post-authorisation safety studies (PASS), whether interventional or, more commonly, non-interventional (NI), can be used by entities such as the European Medicine Agency´s Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assess ment Committee to oblige drug companies to…

The MHRA perspective on the new pharmacovigilance legislation - Volume 21, Issue

Following an extensive period of drafting, consultation, negotiation, and re-drafting the new European Legislation came into effect in July this year. The new measures will be the biggest change to medicines legislation since the creation of the…

Profile - Volume 26, Issue

The new European medical device regulation and guidance document on clinical evaluation An Interview with Dr Bassil Akra The successor of the currently applicable Medical Device Directives (MDD 93/42/EEC and 90/385/EE) combines both directives…

Preclinical studies - Volume 26, Issue

Welcome to this special issue about nonclinical and preclinical research. Nonclinical and preclinical research is the first step toward new drug development, where scientists investigate mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and safety. Many…

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…


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