European Medicines Agency publishes first weekly pandemic pharmacovigilance update

Press release 03/12/2009

The European Medicines Agency has published today the first in a series of weekly pandemic pharmacovigilance updates.

These weekly bulletins will provide information on adverse reactions reported after the use of centrally authorised pandemic influenza vaccines and antivirals in the European Union and complement the information the Agency has been publishing regularly on the development and approval of medicines for use during the pandemic.

“I am confident that the weekly updates will allow to further increase transparency in the field of pandemic and to provide up to date information in a timely manner to the public,” said Thomas Lönngren, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency.

This information will support European institutions and Member States in their communications, and provide an additional resource when recommending the use of vaccines and antiviral treatments.

The information on adverse reactions in the update comes from EudraVigilance, the central European database on adverse reactions, managed by the Agency. It is based on reports from Member States and marketing authorisation holders.

The weekly update also provides an estimate of how many doses of pandemic vaccines and antivirals have been administered in the European Union, and other information that helps put adverse reaction reports in context.

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