Ukraine’s Ministry of Health highlights SIAPS pharmacovigilance tool at WHO meeting

At the 38th Annual Meeting of Representatives of National Pharmacovigilance Centres participating in the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring, held in New Delhi, India from 4-6 November, Olena Matvieieva from Ukraine’s Ministry of Health (MOH) presented the ways in which SIAPS and the MOH are working to improve the methodology and systems for passive pharmacovigilance.

Following an assessment conducted by SIAPS’ predecessor project SPS, SIAPS’ Oksana Lebega, together with Ukraine’s State Expert Center (SEC), led the development of the Pharmacovigilance Automated Information System (PAIS) to improve and increase the reporting of adverse drug reactions through enhanced passive surveillance and expanded active surveillance methods. Currently being piloted in several HIV and AIDS treatment centers, PAIS has already supported monitoring of polio vaccine campaigns and is expected to greatly contribute to monitoring and managing active tuberculosis cases in the Ukraine. SIAPS is currently supporting the SEC in planning nationwide roll out of PAIS to the remaining oblasts.