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Methods for Signal Refinement in Active Medical Product Surveillance

On September 21, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform hosted a one-day expert workshop to discuss the most effective and efficient ways to carry out the signal refinement step of active medical product surveillance. For the purposes of the meeting, signal refinement was defined as the step of active surveillance after signal generation, when a potential association between a medical product and health outcome is identified, and before signal evaluation, where formal epidemiological analyses are implemented. Potential steps in signal refinement are shown in the diagram below.

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Experts from academia, the private sector, and FDA discussed several topics including:

  • Approaches to building a generalized framework for signal refinement applicable to a broad range of medical products
  • Acceptable levels of uncertainty in signal refinement
  • Data needs for signal refinement
  • Methodological needs and approaches for signal refinement

Two hypothetical scenarios helped to guide discussion about signal refinement data and methodological needs:

  1. Association between an oral anti-diabetes drug and acute myocardial infarction
  2. Association between an injectable antibiotic drug (administered in an inpatient setting) and acute liver injury

Agenda

Welcome and Introduction

Mark B. McClellan

Former Brookings Expert

Mark McClellan is a senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at Brookings. He has written a number of publications on care delivery reform, physician payment reform, and accountable care implementation in the U.S. and abroad.

Opening Remarks

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Judy Racoosin

Sentinel Initiative Scientific Lead, Office of Medical Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Session I: Building a Generalized Framework for Signal Refinement

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Andrew Bate

Senior Director, Analytics Team Lead in Epidemiology

Keynote Address

Session II: Exploring Data Needs for Signal Refinement through Two Scenarios

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Francesca Cunningham

Center for Medication Safety PSCI, Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety and Pharmacy Benefits Management Services

T

Tracy Lieu

Professor and Director, Center for Child Health Care Studies

Session III: Exploring Methodological Needs for Signal Refinement through Two Scenarios

Recap and Closing Remarks

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Rachel Behrman

Director, Office of Medical Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

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