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Pharmacovigilance services in Spain

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance of the Spanish Agency on Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS) oversees all key pharmacovigilance services. It is supported by the robust Spanish Pharmacovigilance System which is a decentralized system that collects and assesses suspected ADRs. All domestic national are analyzed individually and entered into the Pharmacovigilance Espanola-Datos de Reaction adversas (FEDRA) database. All MAHs must appoint a local contact person for pharmacovigilance who would be responsible for collecting data on ADRs, implementing risk management plans, and for making sure local pharmacovigilance activities are being carried out compliantly in Spain. The European legislation has had a clear impact on the amount of information received and exchanged, which is obviously influencing the procedures of the Spanish Pharmacovigilance System. The enormous effort toward risk identification that Europe is performing should be followed, from the perspective of the Pharmacovigilance Unit, by establishing communication networks to improve the overall accuracy in estimating risks.

As a leading global contender, DDReg understands the significance of patient safety right from spontaneous to post-marketing surveillance of medicinal products. As part of our safety services portfolio, we provide end-to-end pharmacovigilance services in Spain that include adverse drug reaction reporting, signal detection & management, aggregate report writing, development of customized pharmacovigilance plans/risk management plans in accordance with the local requirements and good pharmacovigilance practices.

DDReg pharmacovigilance Services portfolio include:

ICSR Processing and Submission

  • Triage of initial and follow-up ICSRs, SUSARs,
  • Case Processing through E2B(R3) compliant databases and other relevant databases integrated with Drug dictionary (WHO DD) and MedDRA
  • Quality Check, Medical reviews
  • Submission of cases as per agency timelines
  • Maintaining ICSR Processing & tracking sheets
  • Reconciliation process with customers
  • ", h32: "Risk Management Plan

  • Drafting, reviewing, and maintaining REMS while providing support through submission methods
  • Preparing customized procedures to classify safety risks and deliver tailored risk management strategies
  • Assessment of potential risks and missing information and prepare reports that recommend risk management methods
  • Implementation of supplementary measures, including Post-Authorization Safety Studies (PASS), such as developing academic materials, observational examinations, and targeted follow-up questionnaires
  • Effectively convey risks through labelling means such as Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and patient information leaflet (PIL)

Aggregate Reports

  • Periodic Safety Update Report (PSURs)
  • Development Safety Update Reports (DSURs)
  • Annual Safety Reports (ASRs)

Signal Management

  • Identification new safety signals and/or changes in risks concerning a pharmaceutical product from ICSR database, literature, aggregate reports as well as regulatory agency website monitoring.
  • Utilizes a variety of in-house tools and databases for signal detection and tracking signal management processes
  • Reviews safety signals for ICSRs, aggregate reports and recommendations by Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC)
  • Performs label update analysis
  • Provide recommendations from signal assessments which include risk minimization approaches
  • Preparation of Signal Management Tracker, Annual Signal Reports.

Qualified Person/Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV)/(QP)

  • Review of PSMF, SDEA agreements, agreements with commercial partners, PV SOPs etc
  • Review & sign off of Aggregate reports, Signal Reports and RMPs
  • Retainer services for QPPV and Deputy
  • Local Safety Responsible
  • Monthly reconciliation
  • Medical review of Signal detection; Signal Surveillance Meetings (Quarterly)
  • Monthly Communication report/provision of compliance metrics
  • PV Quality Management System Oversight

PV Audit & Compliance

  • Review Audit and Compliance to applicable PV guidelines, regulations, Safety Data Exchange Agreements (SDEAs), SOPs (standard operating procedures) and work instructions
  • Optimize well-constructed audit plans as well as mock audits to prepare customer organizations for PV inspections conducted by respective competent authority.
  • Conduct regular gap assessments of PV staff at site location
  • Provide organizational training on safety audits and inspections
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