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Pharmacovigilance of biologicals in Denmark Posted 19/08/2016

As a result of the increasing use of biologicals and biosimilars in Denmark, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in partnership with the country’s regulatory agency has set up an action plan to monitor biologicals and improve pharmacovigilance, as well as to improve understanding among healthcare professionals and patients [1].

The Action Plan on Biological Medicines, Biosimilars and Vaccines for 2015–2016 has been set up by the MoH and the Danish Medicines Agency (Laegemiddelstyrelsen, DKMA) to ensure targeted and product-specific monitoring of biologicals. It focuses on four key areas:
• Undertaking activities to encourage monitoring of biologicals at the product level
• Carrying out information activities to improve healthcare professionals’ understanding of product-specific monitoring and ‘peace of mind’ among patients when using the products
• Offering digital solutions at hospitals and in medical practices to ease adverse drug reaction reporting from healthcare professionals
• Increasing focus within the DKMA on monitoring the safety of using biologicals and biosimilars

To improve monitoring two executive orders came into effect on 1 January 2016. These require that healthcare professionals make records of the brand name and batch number in patient health records when prescribing any biological medicine. They also make it mandatory for healthcare professionals to include, where possible, the brand name and batch number when reporting suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs).

Another initiative focusses on raising awareness on biosimilarity through targeted information. So far this has included carrying out a meeting with patient organizations and providing information on the DKMA website.

The action plan on biologicals and biosimilars will be evaluated by the end of 2016.

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Reference
1. Lunddahl B. Pharmacovigilance on biologicals and biosimilars: a Danish perspective. Generics and Biosimilars Initiative Journal (GaBI Journal). 2016;5(3):123-4. doi:10.5639/gabij.2016.0503.030

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