On this page you will find links to a wide variety of resources related to safety monitoring and pharmacovigilance with a focus on HIV/AIDS. You will find tools and guidelines, relevant publications and discussion articles, videos, links to external sites and much more.

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A Practical Handbook on the Pharmacovigilance of Antiretroviral Medicines

There is an urgent need to develop robust pharmacovigilance systems for antiretrovirals particularly in resource-limited settings. This detailed manual gives a step by step approach to undertaking the pharmacovigilance of these medicines. Good pharmacovigilance will identify the risks in the shortest possible time after the medicine has been marketed and will help to identify risk factors. This manual describes the principles of both spontaneous reporting systems and cohort event monitoring programmes. It is intended to be a source of practical advice for Pharmacovigilance Centres and health professionals involved in HIV/AIDS programmes.


The World Health Organization global database for active toxicity monitoring of antiretroviral (ARV)

The World Health Organization global database for active toxicity monitoring of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs is a collaborative initiative to generate reliable evidence on the safety profile of new ARVs drugs including dolutegravir to address gaps in safety data. It was developed and is managed by the WHO HIV Department and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR).


The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE)

Antiretroviral Drug Safety Alerts

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is Canada’s largest HIV/AIDS research, treatment and education facility—nationally and internationally recognized as an innovative world leader in combating HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Here they share Antiretroviral Drug Safety Updates from various sources around the globe. 



Global Pharmacovigilance for Antiretroviral Drugs: Overcoming Contrasting Priorities

With increasing numbers of people worldwide on antiretroviral drugs, the need for improved and sustained global drug safety monitoring or pharmacovigilance is critical. The Forum for Collaborative HIV Research was asked to use its neutral setting for key stakeholders from the UN and government agencies, donors, industry, academia, multilateral organizations, and implementers to discuss the creation of a sustainable global pharmacovigilance system for ARVs. Important but contrasting priorities and values among stakeholders—all of whom are dedicated to establishing global pharmacovigilance—were identified as barriers to progress.

Genome-wide association study of nevirapine hypersensitivity in a sub-Saharan African HIV-infected population - Article

The antiretroviral nevirapine is associated with hypersensitivity reactions in 6%–10% of patients, including hepatotoxicity, maculopapular exanthema, Stevens–Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). This study sort to undertake a genome-wide association study (GWAS) to identify genetic predisposing factors for the different clinical phenotypes associated with nevirapine hypersensitivity.