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New Zealand | New adverse reactions database will improve and modernise safety monitoring

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Work is now complete on a new state of the art digital database to record details of all adverse reactions to medicines reported to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM). The new database will be jointly run by CARM and Medsafe.

“This new digital technology presents the opportunity to transform our existing processes and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of medicine safety monitoring”, says Group Manager of Medsafe, Chris James.

The safety monitoring of the effects of medicines will continue to be conducted jointly by CARM and Medsafe.

“The CARM database has been foundational to the work of CARM and Medsafe, and in recognising the opportunity presented by technology advances and the aging nature of the CARM system, we have worked together with CARM to develop a new state of the art digital solution”, says Chris James.

With work now complete on the full database, Medsafe and CARM are preparing to transition the collection and storage of CARM reports to the new Medsafe database and retire the CARM system.



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