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Assessing Pharmacovigilance Systems in Asian Countries 
The Global Medicines Program is participating in an assessment of pharmacovigilance in selected Asian countries.  This is being conducted with funding from the U.S. FDA and USAID through the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program.  As part of the assessment, Andy Stergachis was the speaker at a forum held on June 12, 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and attended by the country’s Senior Secretary of their Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the head of their Directorate General of Drug Administration.  The focus of the meeting was to introduce an assessment of pharmacovigilance and drug regulatory systems in Bangladesh, one of the countries included in the pharmacovigilance assessment.   The presentation included global and Bangladesh perspectives on pharmacovigilance and regulatory systems with examples and details about the assessment methodologies and its expected outcomes and was followed by a two-day training of data collectors conducted in conjunction with Management Sciences for Health. 

Pharmacoeconomics Training of Trainers Workshop in South Africa

Lou Garrison and Joseph Babigumira conducted a training of trainers workshop “Applying Pharmacoeconomics to Essential Medicines Selection” April 10-12, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop was offered in conjunction with Management Sciences for Health through the USAID-funded Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program. The twenty workshop attendees were mostly pharmacy faculty members and health professionals from throughout South Africa. The workshop was divided into modules, including: Introduction to Pharmacoeconomics; Measuring Costs—Methods and Issues; Measuring Health Outcomes—Methods and Issues; Decision Analysis and Projecting Cost-Effectiveness; and Case Studies in workgroups. Read more

Recent Publications 
Pharmacovigilance and global HIV/AIDS. Miller V, Nwokike J, Stergachis A. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2012 Jul;7(4):299-304.
Determinants of Use of Insecticide Treated Nets for the Prevention of Malaria in Pregnancy: Jinja, Uganda. Sangare´LR, Weiss NS, Brentlinger PE, Richardson BA, Staedke SG, Kiwuwa MS, Stergachis A. PLoS ONE. 2012 June;7(6).
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From Our Director
The articles highlighted this issue of our newsletter illustrate technical assistance and training activities that the Global Medicines Program engages in with partner organizations and other global stakeholders aimed at improving the use, safety, quality, benefit-risk profile, cost-effectiveness, and affordability of medicines.  In these and other activities we are indebted to Becky Bartlein, MPH, who has served as our coordinator since the beginning of the Program and now leaves us for the Ministry of Health in Cote d'Ivoire via a prestigious Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship.  We extend best wishes and safe travels to Becky. 
 
Andy Stergachis, PhD, Professor and Director, Global Medicines Program

Andy Stergachis will give a keynote address at the 7th Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology, to be held October 26-28, 2012, in Bengaluru, India. The theme of the conference is: Medication Safety and Effectiveness: Building evidence through good pharmacoepidemiology practice. For more information, visit: www.acpe-india.org
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