Safety Monitoring of Medicinal Products: Guidelines for Setting Up and Running a Pharmacovigilance Centre
(2000; 28 pages) [French]
Table of Contents
View the documentINTRODUCTION
View the document1. WHY PHARMACOVIGILANCE?
View the document2. DEFINITION AND AIMS
Open this folder and view contents3. HOW TO START A PHARMACOVIGILANCE CENTRE
Open this folder and view contents4. REPORTING OF ADVERSE DRUG REACTIONS
Open this folder and view contents5. SPECIAL ISSUES IN REPORTING
Close this folder6. PRACTICALITIES IN THE ORGANISATION OF A PHARMACOVIGILANCE CENTRE
View the document6.1 Staff
View the document6.2 Useful equipment (includes)
View the document6.3 Continuity
View the document6.4 Advisory Committees
View the document6.5 Information service
View the document6.6 Communications
View the document6.7 Poison Control and Drug Information Centres
Open this folder and view contents7. ASSESSMENT OF CASE REPORTS
Open this folder and view contents8. USE OF THE DATA
Open this folder and view contents9. RELATIONS WITH OTHER PARTIES
View the document10. OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
View the document11. FUNDING
View the documentREFERENCES
View the documentGLOSSARY
View the documentCAUSALITY CATEGORIES
View the documentWHO CONTACTS
 

6.5 Information service

The provision of a high quality information service to healthcare professionals is a basic task of a pharmacovigilance centre and a major instrument in the stimulation of reporting. For this purpose and for the assessment of case reports the centre should have access to a comprehensive and up-to-date literature information database (a list of relevant literature references may be obtained from the Uppsala Monitoring Centre).

Location of the centre in a large hospital usually has the advantage of a library within reach. National pharmacovigilance centres can have on-line access to the database of the UMC and be on the mailing lists of adverse drug reaction and drug bulletins produced by the World Health Organization and many national or regional centres throughout the world (ask the UMC for addresses or see WHO contacts on page 24).

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