Raffaella’s Literature Update

Ref:  Qaiser M, Hilton T, Saeed Bukhari SK, Zloh M, Phanouvong S. How a tragedy became a catalyst for sustainable improvement in medicine safety. Lancet Glob Health. 2024 Mar;12(3):e376-e377. Dear Friends,  on …18 July 2012 (!) I shared a short article from the Lancet, “Pakistan’s deadly cocktail of substandard drugs”, analyzing the possible causes of an incident reported ...

Raffaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium. Ref. Maharjan P, Ponganam MP, Lambert P, Vogel JP, McIntosh M, McDougall A (2024) The quality of medicines for the prevention and management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: A systematic review. PLOS Glob Public Health 4(2): e0002962. Dear ...

Raffaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium. Ref. Cavany S, Nanyonga S, Hauk C, Lim C, Tarning J, Sartorius B, Dolecek C, Caillet C, Newton PN, Cooper BS. The uncertain role of substandard and falsified medicines in the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Nat ...

Rafaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium. Dear Friends, After a few ‘silent’ weeks, I would like to share with you three papers, all somehow related to antibiotic quality and/or rational use. Depending on your personal interests and background in the related disciplines, you ...

Raffaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr. Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium. Dear Friends, In the attached paper, Tharmalinga and colleagues share some interesting findings from the national regulatory authority in Sri Lanka. Doing secondary research on data routinely collected for regulatory oversight, the authors investigated the patterns of the medicines ...

Raffaella’s Literature Update

Dear Friends,  in the attached Synthesis Report issued from the World Bank Group, Wang, Marquez, Figueras and Bieliaieva discusses the importance of Pharmacovigilance in contributing to building up resilient systems. Please share it with any potentially interested colleagues.   Pharmacovigilance (PV) is an essential component of a health (pharmaceutical)  system, particularly in the first decade ...

Raffaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr. Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium. Ref (1) Dhakal N, Gyanwali P, Humagain B, BC R, Jha N, Sah P, et al. (2023) Assessment of quality of essential medicines in public health care facilities of Nepal: Findings of a nationwide study. PLOS Glob ...

Raffaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr. Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium Ref. Barr RD, Furneaux R, Margottini L, Eden TOB. The international scandal of defective asparaginase: A blight on children with cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2023 May 23:e30403. doi: 10.1002/pbc.30403. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37218459. Dear Friends, Another ...

Rafaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium. Ref: Do NT, Boupha P, Newton PN, et al. The quality of antiretroviral medicines: an uncertain problem. BMJ Global Health 2023;8:e011423. Dear Friends, We are not very much used to discussing quality problems for antiretroviral medicines (ARVs), ...

Rafaella’s Literature Update

The following message is courtesy of Dr Raffaella Ravinetto, Public Health Department, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium References: Schier J, Chang A, Kapil V. Medication-Associated Diethylene Glycol Mass Poisoning – A Preventable Cause of Illness and Death. N Engl J Med. 2023 Mar 2. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2215840 Bastani P et al. Acute Kidney Injury Among ...

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