Preventing Future Deaths from Medicines: Responses to Coroners’ Concerns in England and Wales

Our second paper on Coroners’ reports to prevent future deaths has been published online in the journal Drug Safety.

Last year Drug Safety published part 1, looking at Coroners’ Concerns.
We pointed out that ‘Health organisations, professional and regulatory bodies and market authorisation holders could derive wider pharmacovigilance benefits from greater awareness of coroners’ reports.’

This second paper looked at responses to Regulation 28 letters  to prevent future death (PFDs). Our key points were:

  • Coroners raise important concerns in attempts to prevent future deaths.
  • The concerns are often directed locally, even if the responses are relevant more widely.
  • Public access to the responses is often limited.

You can read the full paper here.