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Getting the timing right

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In order to be able to prescribe, dispense and administer medicines appropriately, healthcare professionals need access to accurate and timely information on a drug's safety and effectiveness. Data relating to licensed products are published in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) and associated Public Assessment Reports, and many (but not all) of these documents are available online.1,2 European Commission guidelines governing the content of the SmPC state that it “sets out the agreed position of the medicinal product as distilled during the course of the assessment process. As such the content cannot be changed except with …

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