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European Medicines Agency publishes initial list of medicines under additional monitoring

The European Medicines Agency has published recently the initial list of medicines that are subject to additional monitoring. This represents an important deliverable of the new European pharmacovigilance legislation. These medicines will have to display an inverted back triangle in their package leaflet and in the information for healthcare professionals called the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), together with a short sentence explaining what the triangle means.

All medicines on the European Union (EU) market are carefully monitored. If a medicine is labelled with the inverted black triangle, it does not mean that it is unsafe; the purpose of the symbol is to actively encourage healthcare professionals and patients to report any suspected adverse reactions observed with the medicine, either because the medicine is new to the market or because there is a limitation to the data available on its safety.

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