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Perspect Clin Res. 2011 Apr;2(2):49-53. doi: 10.4103/2229-3485.80366.

Pharmacovigilance for clinical trials in India: Current practice and areas for reform.

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Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Clininvent Research Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Keeping in mind India's increasing participation in multinational trials, this article explores potential areas of Indian pharmacovigilance, requiring reform and provides recommendations for building a robust safety reporting system. Internal discrepancies exist between Schedule Y and Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation approval letter regarding what to report. Schedule Y's silence on expedited reporting requirements creates confusion for Indian sites that are part of multinational trial. Not allowing waiver for serious adverse events that are protocol specified or are study endpoints, along with lack of emphasis on causality as reporting criteria, adds substantial burden of uninformative cases for regulatory review. Despite global focus on Development Safety Update Report, Indian regulators are not yet insistent on real-time update of a drug's cumulative safety profile. Issues like reporting requirements for generic trials, pregnancy reporting and lenient timeline for death/life-threatening events need attention. Finally, the need to formulate an all-encompassing pharmacovigilance guideline for India, in sync with global practice cannot be overemphasized.


Development safety update report; expedited reporting; pharmacovigilance; serious adverse event; suspected unexpected serious adverse reaction

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