Medication Safety Article in Pediatrics Cites PEDSnet as Innovator

An article in the August 2017 issue of Pediatrics entitled "Methodological and Ethical Issues in Pediatric Medication Safety Research" cites PEDSnet as an example of "Multisite collaborations of hospitals and health systems that agree to share EMR data on child outcomes offer unprecedented opportunities to study the effectiveness of medications and surgical procedures in pediatric populations."

Abstract: In May 2016, the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened the PharmSci conference to address the topic of “methodological and ethical issues in pediatric medication safety research.” A multidisciplinary group of experts representing a diverse array of perspectives, including those of the US Food and Drug Administration, children’s hospitals, and academia, identified important considerations for pediatric medication safety research and opportunities to advance the field. This executive summary describes current challenges that clinicians and researchers encounter related to pediatric medication safety research and identifies innovative and ethically sound methodologies to address these challenges to improve children’s health. This article addresses 5 areas: (1) pediatric drug development and drug trials; (2) conducting comparative effectiveness research in pediatric populations; (3) child and parent engagement on study teams; (4) improving communication with children and parents; and (5) assessing child-reported outcomes and adverse drug events.

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Source: Carpenter D, Gonzalez D, Retsch-Bogart G, Sleath B, Wilfond B. Methodological and Ethical Issues in Pediatric Medication Safety Research. Pediatrics. 2017 Aug 4. pii: e20170195. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-0195. [Epub ahead of print]