Recommendations for the Use of Social Media in Pharmacovigilance: Lessons from IMI WEB-RADR

AbstractOver a period of 3  years, the European Union’s Innovative Medicines Initiative WEB-RADR project has explored the value of social media (i.e., information exchanged through the internet, typically via online social networks) for identifying adverse events as well as for safety signal detection. Many patients and cl inicians have taken to social media to discuss their positive and negative experiences of medications, creating a source of publicly available information that has the potential to provide insights into medicinal product safety concerns. The WEB-RADR project has developed a collaborative English lan guage workspace for visualising and analysing social media data for a number of medicinal products. Further, novel text and data mining methods for social media analysis have been developed and evaluated. From this original research, several recommendations are presented with supporting rationale an d consideration of the limitations. Recommendations for further research that extend beyond the scope of the current project are also presented.
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