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MHRA-1577x362September 10 2014

The medicines regulator is developing ways to report adverse drug reactions via smart phones and social media.


Heading up a consortium of organisations across Europe, the MHRA is working on a three year project called WEB-RADAR. This is in response to the rapid adoption of smart phones, apps, and social media for discussing medicines and health issues, it says.

The project “will work to develop a mobile app for healthcare professionals and the public to report suspected ADRs to national EU regulators. It will also investigate the potential for publicly available social media data for identifying potential drug safety issues.

“All social media data used within the project will be appropriately anonymised to protect data privacy.”

It is also looking at how the technology can be used to send accurate, timely and up to date medicines information to patients, clinicians and carers, as well as monitoring drug safety.

WEB-RADAR “will help to develop recommendations for medicines regulators and the pharmaceutical industry internationally on how these should be used alongside existing systems.”

Mick Foy, Group Manager in the MHRA’s Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines division, said: “The growing use of smartphones and tablets by patients and healthcare professionals creates a need for reporting forms to be provided on these platforms to ensure regulators receive ADR reports that are easy to access and complete.

“Additionally the recent growth of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and the many specialist sites and blogs has given rise to many people sharing their medical experiences publicly on the internet.

“Such data sharing, if properly harnessed, could provide an extremely valuable source of information for monitoring the safety of medicines after they have been licensed.”

Funding is coming from the Innovative Medicines Initiative, Europe’s largest public-private initiative which aims to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients.

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