DISCOVER! Laura learns from the EUPATI Toolbox in Dublin!
“Discovering tools from the EUPATI Toolbox to prepare for my meeting with the medicines regulator in Ireland.”
In October 2015, I was invited to meet with the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) in Ireland, about the potential for cooperation between the Irish Medicines Agency and the EUPATI National Platform in Ireland in 2016.
Knowledgeable about EUPATI, the principles around patient involvement, and how to grow a partnership, but lacking any real understanding of the medicines regulatory process – I turned to the EUPATI Toolbox on Medicines R&D!
Typing in ‘pharmacovigilance’, I quickly found information which helped me explore in more detail the aspects relating to marketing and post-marketing surveillance and communication. I found a diagram clearly outlining the various steps within the cycle, including the entry point for regulators.
Keen to learn more about risk communication, in light of HPRA’s involvement in the EU Joint Action to strengthen collaboration for operating pharmacovigilance in Europe (SCOPE), I used the factsheet on the risk management cycle as background reading to prepare for the meeting.
The section on patient involvement in risk communication served as a starting point for discussions around how HPRA might in the future reach out to patient communities interested
Laura Kavanagh, the EUPATI National Platforms Coordinator and staff member at IPPOSI (the Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry). Laura has spent the last 10 years working in the field of human rights and citizen participation and she is an advocate of a rights-based approach to patient involvement.
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