Report on Technical Assistance for Drug Information and Pharmacovigilance Activities of the DI & ADR Centre in Vietnam
(2010; 108 pages)

Joshi M. 2010. Report on Technical Assistance for Drug Information and Pharmacovigilance Activities of the DI & ADR Centre in Vietnam. Submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development by the Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program. Arlington, VA: Management Sciences for Health.


The Government of Vietnam has launched its National Drug Information and Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Centre (DI & ADR Centre) for collecting and monitoring adverse drug reactions and for providing drug information. The Center which will serve as a hub for the pharmacovigilance system will eventually set up other proposed regional centers in Northern, Central and Southern Vietnam. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Vietnam Program views this as an opportunity to build on its ongoing support to HIV/AIDS care, treatment, and prevention programs, which include training for practitioners, clinic support, procurement of medicines and supplies, and development of a supply chain. Strengthening the pharmacovigilance system will demonstrate PEPFAR’s commitment to a broader health systems approach to promote safe and effective use of HIV/AIDS medicines, but also medicines for malaria, TB, child health and methadone-substitution programs. In July 2009, the SPS Program provided a technical support visit by its Senior Program Associate Ms. Helena Walkowiak to work with the Centre staff to draft a one-year work plan, and to develop a strategy for including pharmacovigilance activities in a proposal to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The key immediate areas of need identified during Ms. Walkowiak’s visit were technical assistance to revitalize the Clinical Pharmacy Information Bulletin and strengthening the newly established Centre’s staff capacity to carry out drug information and pharmacovigilance activities. Dr. Mohan P. Joshi, Senior Technical Manager for Antimicrobial Resistance and SPS Country Program Manager for Vietnam, thus traveled to Vietnam from September 25 to October 9, 2009 to provide technical assistance to national stakeholders in this area. This report describes the activities carried out and the products developed during that visit.

The purpose of Dr. Joshi’s visit was to assist the Hanoi University of Pharmacy to build capacity and operational efficiency to run the newly established DI & ADR Centre.

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