This first issue of the newsletter for 2003 reaches you with many good wishes and hopes of further collaboration in raising awareness in drug safety and related issues. Several activities are being planned for 2003 to promote efforts in public health and pharmacovigilance programmes. In addition, the 8th international pharmacovigilance training course will be offered in Sweden, in May 2003 and the annual meeting of the national centres for pharmacovigilance will take place in December, in India. Details of the national centres’ meeting and the International Conference of Drug Regulatory Authorities (ICDRA) are on page 10.
In this issue you will find some reports and regulatory measures for nefazodone, a drug which is currently causing concern with reports of hepatotoxicity from around the world.
The feature article reflects the difficulties with terminologies in classifying some psychoactive substances as drugs of abuse. Clearly this is an area that will continue to evolve as issues of methodology, definitions and key terms are discussed and debated upon for a global consensus.