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Sep 14th, 2023
Mastering PV Literature Surveillance: How DF Literature Monitor Tackles the Complexity of Adverse Event Identification  


Identifying adverse events from medical literature is one of the key tasks in pharmacovigilance (PV). It is also one of the most complex. 

In pharmacovigilance, patient safety and regulatory compliance are paramount, and correctly identifying adverse events from the vast ocean of medical literature is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Let’s delve into the intricacies of this process, understand the challenges it presents, and explore how DF Literature Monitor is revolutionizing the landscape.

The Overwhelming Volume of Information 

The first challenge is the sheer volume of information. Medical literature is expanding at an exponential rate, inundating researchers and pharmacovigilance professionals with an overwhelming amount of data. 1. This means that pharmacovigilance professionals have to deal with an enormous amount of information on a daily basis, which poses significant challenges for finding relevant and reliable data on adverse events.  

Moreover, the literature sources are heterogeneous and scattered across different databases, journals, and languages, requiring extensive search strategies and manual screening2. In fact, even the most meticulously constructed searches often yield only a minuscule fraction of relevant references. Imagine sifting through mountains of data to find that needle—the relevant information that could impact patient safety and drug regulatory decisions.

The Menace of Duplicate Articles 

Another major challenge in adverse event identification from medical literature is the presence of duplicate articles, which can lead to over-reporting and inconsistency of data. Duplicate articles are those that report the same or overlapping information on the same study or case report but appear in different sources or formats. It’s a menace that can’t be ignored, as on average, they account for around one-third of the references retrieved during the monitoring process. This not only adds to the workload but also poses a challenge in distinguishing genuine findings from redundant data.    

Regulatory Rigor and Quality Management 

Adverse event identification from medical literature is not only a complex task, but also a highly regulated one. Pharmacovigilance professionals must comply with strict guidelines and standards from various regulatory authorities, such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). These guidelines specify the requirements and procedures for conducting literature searches, screening articles, extracting data, reporting adverse events, and documenting quality measures. Failure to adhere to these regulations can result in serious consequences, such as fines, sanctions, or loss of market authorization3

A Game-Changer for Adverse Event Identification  

To overcome these challenges and streamline the process of adverse event identification from medical literature, Datafoundry has developed a cutting-edge solution: DF Literature Monitor

DF Literature Monitor is an automated literature monitoring tool that continuously scans the scientific literature for new case reports, articles on drugs, analyses them for drug safety related risks, and alerts pharmacovigilance experts of any potential issues. DF Literature Monitor leverages advanced natural language processing (NLP) and deep learning techniques to perform the following tasks: 

By automating these tasks, DF Literature Monitor reduces manual efforts, improves accuracy, and enhances decision making in pharmacovigilance. It also ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and quality standards by providing traceability and auditability of the literature monitoring process. 

DF Literature Monitor is a game-changer for adverse event identification from medical literature. It is a powerful tool that enables pharmacovigilance professionals to keep up with the ever-growing volume of information, avoid duplication and inconsistency of data, and comply with regulatory rigor and quality management. With DF Literature Monitor, pharmacovigilance professionals can focus on what matters most: ensuring patient safety and drug efficacy.


  1. 1. Golder S et al. Reporting of Adverse Events in Published and Unpublished Studies of Health Care Interventions: A Systematic Review. PLoS Med 2016; 13(9): e1002127.  
  1. 2. European Medicines Agency. Medical literature monitoring.  
  1. 3. Golder S et al. The problems caused by duplicate publications and how to avoid them. Int J Clin Pract 2019; 73(11):e13400 

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