Promoting Active Surveillance Pharmacovigilance in India

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Andy Stergachis traveled to Mumbai, India in March to emphasize the need for give a talk titled, “Active Surveillance in Pharmacovigilance” at a Drug Information Association India sponsored conference March 21-22, 2014.  The conference, which focused on pharmacovigilance, was targeted to professionals in a range of disciplines from risk management and regulatory affairs, to clinical and regulatory personnel.

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Drug and Vaccine Safety in Global Health

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A new report on drug and vaccine safety in global health, co-authored by Thomas Bollyky, Senior Fellow, Council for Foreign Relations, and Andy Stergachis, is now available. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this report is the product of the Safety Surveillance Working Group, a year-long initiative to develop a practical, scalable strategy for improving drug and vaccine safety in low- and middle-income countries.

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Impact Evaluation of a Pharmacy Assistant Training Program in Malawi

The Global Medicines Program has been awarded a three-year grant from the Barr Foundation to evaluate a pharmacy assistant (PA) training program in Malawi. Joseph Babigumira will lead the study to evaluate the potential impact of the training program on morbidity and mortality due to illnesses that are the highest contributors to mortality among children under five years of age in Malawi – malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea.

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Global Medicines Faculty Participate in an I-TECH Co-Sponsored Pharmacovigilance Training in Ukraine

Andy Stergachis, along with faculty from Ukraine, conducted a 5-day training workshop titled, “Pharmacovigilance of Medicines for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis in Ukraine” December 9-13, 2013 in Kiev. The training workshop was developed and offered by the Ukraine National Training Center (UNTC), with support from the UW International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH). In addition to Stergachis, the faculty consisted of the head of infectious diseases, Gromashevskiy Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases of National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine (NAMSU); the Head of the Physiology Department, Yanovsky Institute for  and Pulmonology of NAMSU; and the Director of the Department of Post-Registration Surveillance, State Expert Center of Ministry of Public Health of Ukraine, which is their national pharmacovigilance center.

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Strengthening Medicines Regulatory Systems Abroad

UW School of Public Health faculty attended the Institute of Medicine meeting held on September 12-13, 2013 in Washington, DC. Titled “STRENGTHENING MEDICINES REGULATORY SYSTEMS ABROAD: ADAPTING MESSAGES FROM RECENT IOM CONSENSUS STUDIES FOR DISEASE CONTROL PRIORITIES, THIRD EDITION”, the meeting attendees included Dean Jamison, Professor of Global Health and Principal Investigator (not pictured) Rachel Nugent, Clinical Associate Professor of Global Health and Project Director; Ramanan Laxminarayan Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy; Public Health Foundation of India and Affiliate Professor of Global Health; and Andy Stergachis, Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health and Director, Global Medicines Program.  Also attending the meeting was Margaret Hamburg, US FDA Commissioner, and Mikel Arriola, Commissioner, COFEPRIS, Mexico.

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