Social Media for Pharmacovigilance

    Utility of social media and crowd-sourced data for pharmacovigilance

    Bottom Line:

    • Results suggest that the use of social media data for pharmacovigilance is in its infancy
    • Social media has the potential to supplement data from regulatory agency databases; capturing less frequently reported adverse events and identifying adverse events earlier than official alerts or labeling revision time, however, the utility and validity of the data sources remain under-studied

    Impact:

    • Conducted for Health Canada to provide information on the validity and reliability of using social media data for pharmacovigilance to inform conceptualization of a potential social media listening platform for drug-safety surveillance in Canada

    Protocol:

    Funding:

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN)

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    Date : 31 Oct 2017