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Keywords:

  • risk assessment;
  • health policy;
  • regulatory agencies;
  • therapeutics

Abstract

Purpose

The current US system for detecting adverse effects of therapeutics (drugs, devices and biological products) is suboptimal. This report presents the results of an expert workshop on assessing therapeutic risks. This is the second of five workshops coordinated by the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) to address the management of therapeutic risks relative to potential benefits.

Methods

The workshop included academic, industry, government and constituency-based leaders. The focus was on the postapproval phase and procedures in the US, but relevant international issues and attendees were included.

Results

Substantial deficiencies in the current US system for risk assessment were delineated. Improving the system will involve research into methods to improve risk assessment, enhancement and consolidation of data-handling systems, education of healthcare workers, allocation of financial resources and building of constituencies.

Conclusions

We need leadership on multiple levels for global coordination of risk assessment. We can then begin to fill gaps and produce benefits for industry, health authorities, government agencies, healthcare providers, and most important, the public. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.