During its September meeting, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) discussed one ongoing safety referral. It did not initiate or conclude a referral.

The Committee focused on the broad spectrum of its responsibilities which cover all aspects of risk management of the use of medicines. The PRAC’s full range of work includes pre-authorisation activities, such as the assessment of risk-management plans for medicines under evaluation including any studies or risk minimisation activities planned for marketed use. Post-authorisation activities also include risk management planning as well as the evaluation of periodic safety update reports (PSURs) to assess the safety and benefit-risk balance of a medicine throughout its lifecycle. The PRAC also evaluates safety signals, a key public-health function that ensures that new or changing safety issues are rapidly detected, evaluated and, when appropriate, product-labelling changes or restrictions are introduced for the benefit of patients.

Information on all topics discussed by the PRAC is available below in the agenda for the meeting. A record of the discussions held this week will be provided in the minutes of this meeting, which will be published following the next PRAC meeting in October.

Posted on the EMA website on 2 September 2016