24 January 2017

This blog update is being written from Washington DC where I am at the DIA annual PV and Risk Management Strategies meeting (DIA PV&RM 2017).

It is a very interesting conference as the PV and Risk Management community looks to develop and implement best practice. I am presenting in a session looking at advances in benefit-risk with a particular focus on how we can provide better tools for the healthcare provider/patient discussions on medicines.

I arrived in DC on Saturday, the day of the Women’s March, and the day after the inauguration. I have vowed to keep politics out of this blog, but it was clear that the Women’s March was a passionate event that was joined by women all over the world.

As noted by Hans-Georg Eichler in the opening key note address: We are living in interesting times.

09 January 2017

The most important part of my first post of 2017 is to wish everyone all the best for this new year, and I hope that you had a good break (if not a rest!) over the Christmas/New Year period. After a lovely holiday in St Lucia, see the photo at the top of the page, I had a wonderful Christmas break which I enjoyed with my husband, children and grandchildren.

It is good to reflect back on 2016 as we go into the New Year and for me 2016 had good times, parts I didn’t like and also some sad times.  It saw the launch of my new company which is going well with a good flow of work, and I am looking forward to developing new partnerships in 2017. I am sure that many of you also have mixed feelings about  personal and global events in the year that has gone and how they will impact the year to come.

As we go into 2017 my plan for this blog is that it will remain a mix of personal and professional thoughts during the year that I will aim to update every 2 weeks. This means that the next update will be around the time I fly to Washington DC for the DIA Pharmacovigilance and Risk Management Strategies meeting (23-25 January) where I will be speaking in a session on Advances in Benefit-Risk. I may see some of you there.