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Japan’s MHLW Committee Concerned About PDMA Staff Shortages

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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A committee from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare visited the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Agency Sept. 3. Committee members expressed concerns about lack of staff and insufficient safety measures. Committee member Masumi Mistuguchi noted that only 25 out of the 331 PMDA technical staff are physicians. Another member Yuko Izumi asked to increase public awareness of the relief system for sufferers of adverse events. In response, PDMA President Tatsuya Kondo explained PMDA's plans to train physicians on the importance of clinic trials, and also increase transparency in the approval review process. (Click here for more - Japanese language
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