Social media and pharmacovigilance: A review of the opportunities and challenges

Adverse drug reactions come at a considerable cost on society. Social media are a potentially invaluable reservoir of information for pharmacovigilance, yet their true value remains to be fully understood. In order to realize the benefits social media holds, a number of technical, regulatory and ethical challenges remain to be addressed. We outline these key challenges identifying relevant current research and present possible solutions. To read the article by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

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Dr GOOGLE , promu lanceur d’alerte par la FDA

L’information n’est pas passée inaperçue sur les réseaux sociaux à propos du moteur de recherche Google qui pourrait aider l’agence américaine du médicament (FDA) à détecter les effets secondaires des médicaments. Le Figaro Web &Tech y voit de l’espionnage mais ne s’agit-il pas plutôt d’un pas de plus vers l’hégémonie de l’algorithme, de l’usage des métadonnées pour une meilleure utilisation des signaux en pharmacovigilance ? Pour lire l’article d’Evelyne Pierron Pour lire l’article de Bloomberg

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FDA taps PatientsLikeMe to test the waters of social media adverse event reporting

Online patient community PatientsLikeMe has found another partner for its massive repository of patient-generated data on health conditions and treatments, but it’s not another pharma company or retail pharmacy. PatientsLikeMe has announced a research partnership with the FDA: The agency will assess the platform’s feasibility as a way to generate adverse event reports, which the FDA uses to regulate drugs after their release into the market. To read the article by mobihealthnews

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