Drug Epidemiology and Post-Marketing Surveillance

  • Brian L. Strom
  • Giampaolo Velo

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 224)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Spontaneous Reporting

  3. Traditional Clinical Epidemiology Methods as Applied to Pharmacoepidemiology

  4. Use of Automated Databases for Pharmacoepidemiology

    1. Jeffrey L. Carson, Brian L. Strom
      Pages 73-82
  5. Hospital Pharmacoepidemiology

  6. New Methodologic Developments

  7. Selected Examples of Regulatory and Commercial Importance

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 169-172

About this book


This volume is a summary of material presented in the course given in the International School of Phannacology on "Drug Epidemiology and Post-Marketing Surveillance" between September 27 and October 8, 1990, at the "Ettore Majorana Center for Scientific Culture" in Erice, Sicily. The course, which was a NATO Advanced Study Institute, included lectures and workshops presented by experts in the new field of phannacoepidemiology. The material covered includes various approaches to spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reactions, including aggregate approaches, such as those used in France, and detailed analyses of individual reports, such as that done in The Netherlands and in Sweden. Also, included are studies using traditional epidemiology methods. In addition, modern pharmacoepidemiology makes considerable use of automated databases. As such, information is presented on their use as well. Phannacoepidemiology started in hospitals and some of the newest work in the field is returning to the hospital as a site for studies. Material on these topics was presented as well. Finally, selected new methodologic developments were outlined in specific examples presented that were of regulatory and commercial importance. This new field of phannacoepidemiology is exploding in interest internationally. Evidence of this is the increasing development of pharmacoepidemiology programs in industry, medical schools, pharmacy schools, and schools of public health. Also, there is a new International Society ofPhannacoepidemiology. Practitioners in this field tend to specialize in either analyses of spontaneous reporting or the use of formal epidemiologic techniques.


Public Health clinical epidemiology drug economics epidemiology health hospital marketing pharmacy research

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian L. Strom
    • 1
  • Giampaolo Velo
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.University of VeronaVeronaItaly

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