The Tayside Medicines Monitoring Unit (MEMO): A record-linkage system for pharmacovigilance

J. M M Evans, D. G. McDevitt, T. M. MacDonald

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Abstract

Post marketing surveillance of drugs is important. The Medicines Monitoring Unit (MEMO) has developed an automated database based on record-linkage techniques to conduct post-marketing drug safety studies. MEMO has access to data for the 400,000 residents of Tayside, Scotland, which are all indexed by the Community Health Number (CHNo), a unique patient identifier. Dispensed prescribing records can be linked to hospitalization records, via the CHNo, to conduct drug utilization studies, case-control studies and cohort studies. Such studies are described and future developments in MEMO are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalPharmaceutical Medicine
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995

Keywords

  • Medicines Monitoring Unit
  • MEMO
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Record-linkage

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