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Tuesday, June 28 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
#249: Current Topics for Pharmacovigilance in Japan

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Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate
CE: CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

Did you know that Japan has a relief system for adverse reactions which makes payments to patients who have suffered adverse reactions during use of drugs for their approved indications? Are you aware of the many actions taken recently in Japan for under-reporting or missed reporting of adverse reactions by domestic and foreign-headquartered pharmaceutical companies? Do you struggle to understand the requests of your Japanese partners and colleagues related to managing pharmacovigilance and adverse reaction report exchange in that country? Have you ever been overwhelmed by solicited cases from Japanese observational studies or had trouble interpreting the results of all-case surveillance studies from that country? This session aims to give a full background on the postmarketing surveillance system in Japan including the re-examination and re-evaluation systems, the role of observational studies and the current practices in risk management. The session will also examine recent cases of non- or under-reporting of ICSRs and the possible connection between complexity of PV regulation, the multitude of ways in which safety information can reach pharmaceutical companies and unintentional noncompliance with reporting regulations. Finally, since 1980 Japan has had a Fund for Relief Services for Adverse Drug Reactions. The details of the system and how it serves as a safety net will be described.

Learning Objectives

Discuss how the complexity of pharmacovigilance regulation can be a factor in non- or under-reporting of ICSRs; Describe the regulatory and legal context for pharmaovigilance in Japan; Recognize the different varieties of Japanese postmarketing observational studies and how they are performed; Interpret Japanese pharmacovigilance regulations and expectations; Explain the Relief System for Adverse Reactions in Japan, how it operates and is funded, and its practical effects on patients.


Stewart Geary, MD


Observational Studies in Japan and Asia
Stewart Geary, MD

Relief Services in Occurrence of Serious Adverse Drug Reactions
Naohiro Otaki

Root Cause Analysis of and Solutions for Under Reporting Safety Information of ICSRs in Clinical Research and Sales Activities
Teiki Iwaoka, PhD, MS

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Stewart Geary

Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Eisai Co., Ltd.
Stewart Geary has worked at Eisai since 1996 in PV, clinical safety and regulatory science. He was a member of the CIOMS VII, VIII and IX Working Groups, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of JAPhMed and the Editorial Advisory Boards for Applied Clinical Trials and Pharmaceutical... Read More →

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Teiki Iwaoka

Executive Consultant, Director of Drug Safety Outsourcing Planning, CAC Croit Corporation
Drug Safety & Pharmacovigilance expert. EWG for ICH E2B, and Rapporter for ICH E2D. Lecturer of many educational seminars worldwide more than 20 years. Executive Consultant, and Auditors for Global Pharmacovigilance Compliance.
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Naohiro Otaki

Technical Officer, Application Review Division I, Office of Relief Funds, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)
Technical officer of PMDA since Feb.2010 and technical officer of Office of Relief Funds of PMDA since Jan. 2014.

Tuesday June 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
113B Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
  Trk 14: Clin Safety/PV, Session