Bioethical issues in pharmacoepidemiologic research

Laura E. Bothwell, Annika Richterich, Jeremy A. Greene

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Because the bioethical issues involved in pharmacoepidemiologic research are closely related to changing patterns of drug usage and changing technologies of surveillance and data analysis, it is impossible to understand them without attention to historical and sociological perspectives. The field of pharmacoepidemiology emerged as a result of broader recent developments in medical therapeutics, concomitant with the expansion and refinement of the field of bioethics. Some key bioethical principles relevant to pharmacoepidemiologic research have remained significant over time, others have only gained attention in recent years. This chapter briefly introduces historical and sociological dimensions of pharmacoepidemiology from an international perspective, with an eye to commonalities and differences in national variations in ethical approaches to the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPharmacoepidemiology
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781119413431
ISBN (Print)9781119413417
StatePublished - Oct 21 2019


  • Big data
  • Brexit
  • Conflict of interest
  • Drug surveillance
  • East asia
  • ENCePP
  • ethics
  • Europe
  • Global
  • History
  • Informed consent
  • International
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Policy
  • Regulation
  • United states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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