Chapters - Latin America
The main objective of this chapter is to develop educational activities with the aim to increase knowledge and to ensure trainings in the field of Pharmacovigilance. We would like the Latin-American chapter to be an independent forum for people working in regulatory agencies, academia, hospitals, and also in pharmaceutical companies. Since its creation, new members have joint ISoP in Latin-America.
- UBA (National University of Buenos Aires)
- UNC (National University of Córdoba, Argentina)
- ANMAT – Argentina (National Administration of Drugs, Food and
- Tec. Medicine)
- SAFv (Argentina Society of Pharmacovigilance)
- Society of Pharmacovigilance of Venezuela
- ANVISA – Brazil
- Members of pharmaceutical Industry (only on individual basis)
The very first beginning of this chapter was the ISoP 8th Annual Meeting, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and organized by the Argentina Society of Pharmacovilance as local team. This idea was born in 2002, at the 2nd ISoP Annual Meeting: Murilo, Luis, Luisa and Raquel dreamt there about an ISoP Meeting held in Cataratas del Iguazú, the wonderful falls situated in the border of Argentina and Brazil. And the work of disseminating educational material in our languages (mainly in Spanish) started several years later: a Pharmacovigilance book in Spanish was published in 2007 with the aim of providing some useful information in a format easily available for clinicians and with contents adapted to their needs and interest. Between 2007 and 2009, Spanish translations of WHO Drug Information were published by the SAFv, with the same objective.
“Patient safety in clinical trials”, Buenos Aires, 2-3 September 2010
The course conceived by Brian Edwards and coordinated by Raquel Herrera Comoglio was attended by 60 professionals from CROs, Universities and Pharmaceutical Industry, as well as staff from Regulatory Agency. Speakers were: Luis Alesso (ISoP), Brian Edwards (ISoP), Hervé Le Louet (ISoP), Susana Vásquez (EE.UU), Agustina Bisio (ANMAT), Inés Bignone (ANMAT), Pablo Bazerque (Past Director of ANMAT). Dr. Pedro Lipszyc, Guillermo Di Girolamo and Roberto Diez acted as chairmen. See picture below.
ISoP LA Chapter First Symposium “Fostering pharmacovigilance in Latin America” Buenos Aires, 2-3 October, 2014
The first Symposium of the ISoP Latin-American chapter, held in Argentinian Medical Association, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 2nd and 3rd October 2014, was organized by Prof. Luis Alesso and Raquel Herrera Comoglio.
60 professionals (ISoP members and non-ISoP members) attended the Meeting.
The Programme focused on the following topics:
Pharmacovigilance in hospitals
Pharmacovigilance in Universities
Signals in local databases
New challenges from Biological therapies
ISoP training course in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 26-28 March 2015
In co-operation with the Brazilian national agency ANVISA and ISoP’s Latin America chapter View Course
ISoP LA Chapter 2nd Symposium in Sao Paulo, Brazil 10-11 September 2015 (Sao Paulo University)
The Second Symposium of the ISoP Latin-American chapter was held in the Public Health School, Sao Paulo University, Brazil, on 10 and 11 September 2015, under the chairmanship of the President of the Latin-America chapter, Prof. Luis Alesso.
The Scientific Programme, coordinated by Raquel Herrera Comoglio, was a well-balanced combination of the fundamental basics and practice of pharmacovigilance, as well as the most recent challenges in drug regulation and use. Usefulness and the current place of spontaneous reporting in the region and the systematic collection and analysis of adverse effects in patients’ registries deserved special attention in relevant presentations.
Speakers from Brazil (Adalton Ribeiro, Anthony Wong, David Titton, Eliane Rodrigues de Castro, Fernanda Vianna, Maria Eugenia Cury and Valderilio Azevedo), Argentina (Laura Onetti, Gustavo Casado, María Teresa Serra and Pedro Lipszyc), ISoP Executive Committee (Brian Edwards and Hervé Le Louët) and the Uppsala Monitoring Centre (Elki Sollenbring and Pia Caduff) contributed with their expertise and experiences to lively sessions.
Programme: Download here
One hundred-ten participants from Brazil and other Latin-American countries attended the Symposium free of charge and actively participated in debates. Most of them (85%) were academia, clinicians from hospitals, pharmacists, regulators and students. Twenty professionals from Industry attended this event;
This symposium was supported by FIFARMA (Federación Latinoamericana de la Industria Farmacéutica), and their sponsorship allowed free-registration and ensured a smooth and efficient logistic.
The organizers, Luis Alesso and Raquel Herrera Comoglio, especially acknowledge the School of Public Health of the Sao Paulo University, one of the most prestigious Latin-American Universities, for having provided the venue for free, and particularly its representative at the Meeting, Prof. Nicolina Romano Lieber, for her interest and participation in the event.
ISoP LA Chapter 3rd Symposium in Bogotá, Colombia 25th-26th August 2016 (Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia)
A vibrant and crowded Third Symposium of the ISoP Latin-American chapterwas held in the Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, on 25th and 26th August 2016, under the chairmanship of the President of the Latin-America chapter, Prof. Luis Alesso.
The Scientific Programme, coordinated by Raquel Herrera Comoglio, focused on the present situation of Pharmacovigilance in the region, medication errors and local implementation and results of risk management plans.
Programme – Download here : agenda-isop-la-chapter-bogota-aug-2016-version-ingles
This Symposium was also an important opportunity to introduce the recently established Colombian Association of Pharmacovigilance.
Speakers contributing include those from Colombia (Carlos Maldonado Muete, Jorge Machado-Alba, Carlos Bustamante Rojas, Rosa Ángela Caro Rojas, Dieric Díaz), Brazil (Cristina Andrusaitis Sandron and Eliane Rodrigues de Castro), Argentina (Laura Onetti and Raquel Herrera Comoglio), ISoP Executive Committee (Brian Edwards and Luis Alesso), the Uppsala Monitoring Centre (Pia Caduff) and Regulatory Agencies from the wider Americas (Ariel Arias, Health Canada), Rosana Ramírez (INVIMA, Colombia), Márcia Gonçalves de Oliveira (ANVISA, Brazil) and Paola Elena González Martínez Rogelio Ríos Quintana (COFEPRIS) who all shared their expertise and experience.
The audience participation, as arranged by the Colombian Association of Pharmacovigilance, exceeded expectations with 206 enthusiastic attendees from 10 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, México, Spain, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Sweden. Among these, there were 44 Universities representatives, 18 from Latin-American Medicines Agencies (15 staff members from the Colombia INVIMA), Government, Community Hospitals and Health care institutions’ staff and 74 Pharmaceutical Industry representatives.
The generous sponsorship of FIFARMA (Federación Latinoamericana de la Industria Farmacéutica) allowed all of them to participate in the Symposium free of charge in the charming environment of the venue.
The organizers, Luis Alesso and Raquel Herrera Comoglio, especially acknowledge the hosting arranged by the Universidad del Rosario, and the welcoming words and participation of Ana Isabel Gómez Córdoba, Vice-Dean of the School of Medicine.
Please feel free to join our Chapter, for more information about membership and activities, contact Dra Raquel Herrera Comoglio at firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointed April 2009
President: Dr. Luis Alesso, National Córdoba University Coordinator and Editor: Dra. Raquel Herrera Comoglio, National Córdoba University Secretary: Dr. Pedro Lipszyc, National Buenos Aires University