Paper published: New approaches to pharmacosurveillance

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Our latest paper has been published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, focusing on pharmacosurveillance for monitoring prescription frequency, diversity and co-prescription.

  • SAVSNET can now survey prescription of all pharmaceutical agents, including those authorised for veterinary or human use.
  • A novel text mining-based identification and classification methodology was utilised to semi-automatically map practitioner-defined product descriptions recorded in 918,333 EHRs from 413,870 dogs encompassing 1,242,270 prescriptions; 352,730 EHRs from 200,541 cats encompassing 491,554 prescriptions, and 22,526 EHRS from 13,398 rabbits encompassing 18,490 prescriptions respectively.
  • Vaccines were the most commonly prescibed agent in all three species, with antibiotics, antimycotics and parasiticides also commonly prescribed.
  • Prescription utilising products authorised for human use only (hence, ‘human-authorised’) comprised 5.1% (95% CI, 4.7–5.5) of total canine prescription events; in cats it was 2.8% (95% CI, 2.6–3.0), and in rabbits, 7.8% (95% CI, 6.5–9.0).

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