MCCC Offers Cutting-Edge Drug Safety Curriculum for Industry Specialists
in "Pharmacovigilance


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Just as the economy has been rocked to its core, the pharmaceutical industry has encountered its share of hits with the withdrawal of several major products from the market due to safety concerns. This spring, Mercer County Community College is offering a cutting-edge course which will tackle the critical issues surrounding drug safety. "Introduction to Pharmacovigilance" begins Wednesday, March 11 at Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The noncredit course is designed for those who need to know more about safety surveillance for their current job, such as those who work in clinical research, regulatory affairs, risk management, quality assurance, labeling, and a host of other related areas.

Taught by Lourdes M. Frau, M.D., the course will provide an introduction and solid foundation in the key components of clinical and drug safety surveillance. Emphasis will be placed on gaining an understanding of the concepts, common themes underlying effective processes, and the basic tenets of global regulatory compliance with safety principles. Content includes various aspects of healthcare, including the development of drugs, their proper prescription and administration, and the monitoring and surveillance of populations to assess adverse effects.

Eight class sessions will be offered on Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, and 15, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, March 21, April 4, and April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuition and fees of $960 include materials.

To register or for more information about this and other noncredit courses offered by MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies, call (609) 570-3311 or e-mail

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