News

Dec
21
2020
2020 was a challenging year for all of us, having an impact on our work and private lives alike. Despite adapting to a global pandemic, we have made amazing progress in our project and achieved many milestones on our way to improve the information for pregnant and breastfeeding women worldwide. With 88 partners from 22 countries, we should be proud of being part of a unique project that is set out to improve the situation in an orphan and neglected topic!  | READ MORE >>
Dec
16
2020
Pregnant women make decisions about medicines based on insufficient, incomplete and randomly available information with varying quality. More than five million European women become pregnant every year. Most of them use at least one medicine during their pregnancy. A recent master thesis from the ConcePTION project shows that giving women easy access to information from sources they can trust can empower them to make decisions about medicines in pregnancy.  | READ MORE >>
Nov
04
2020
Many women need medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding in order to treat health conditions. However, they often choose to stop their medication. I meet these women in my clinical practice. Many of them have underlying medical problems, anything from common ailments (such as headaches or heartburn) to autoimmune diseases, to heart and kidney disease or even an organ transplant. Naturally, they worry about the medicines they are taking for fear that they might harm their baby. Ken Hodson, Head of the UK Teratology Information Service (www.uktis.org) and consultant obstetrician with a specialist interest in medical problems in pregnancy in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK shares his thoughts on this year's #MedSafetyWeek!  | READ MORE >>
Nov
02
2020
This week, the Innovative Medicines Initiative project, ConcePTION, is part of the fifth annual social media campaign called #MedSafetyWeek. The purpose is to raise awareness about the importance of reporting suspected side effects from medicines to national health authorities, registries and drug manufacturers. This year, ConcePTION is adding an important message to this campaign. We are calling on women and health care professionals to report any medications used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is important, even if you do not think you are experiencing any side effects. Why? Because information about medicine safety for pregnant and breastfeeding women is desperately lacking. Every report counts, and adds knowledge about how safe medicines are for both mums and babies! | READ MORE >>
Oct
20
2020
Like many others, the ConcePTION project had to cancel all face-to-face events this year and move online. This week we discuss our progress at the ConcePTION virtual general assembly. We look forward to two full days of progress reporting and constructive discussion. We are beginning to answer the question of how we can move beyond pregnancy registries to better understand disease-related pregnancy outcomes, medication use medicine safety in pregnancy. We also celebrate steps in the establishment of a non-commercial, Europe-wide breast milk biobank and platform to analyse samples. And a lot more! Want to know more? Join us at #ConcePTIONvirtual2020 on Twitter on 21-22 October!  | READ MORE >>
Oct
14
2020
This year, ConcePTION is part of the annual online event organised by the Motherhood Collective Impact Programme (MCIP). Here, Helena Harnik, MCIP programmes director from the Synergist, explains how ConcePTION plays a role in addressing some of the most challenging issues in maternal health: building knowledge about how safe women’s medicines are in pregnancy and nursing. And why this knowledge matters.  | READ MORE >>
May
04
2020
This week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness week, highlighting an important issue for all pregnant women and new mothers. Worldwide at least 1 in every 10 pregnant women experience a mental health disorder, including depression and anxiety. Many of these women will need treatment with medicines.  | READ MORE >>
Mar
16
2020
On 13 March 2020, the WHO issued the second edition of their interim guidance for clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) when COVID-19 disease is suspected.  | READ MORE >>
Feb
03
2020
The Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) is one of five Swiss university hospitals. Through its collaboration with the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne and the EPFL, CHUV plays a leading role in the areas of medical care, medical research and training. The drug in real life unit is part of the new Centre de Recherche et Innovation en Sciences Pharmaceutiques Cliniques – CRISP. Its research activities focus on how drugs are used once they are on the market and how their use can be improved. | READ MORE >>
Nov
12
2019
The Motherhood Collective Impact program (MCIP) is a not-for-profit partnership that aims to address the most challenging issues in maternal health by taking a new, co-impact and systems-based approach. From 14th - 20th October 2019 they held their annual Safe Motherhood week. The theme of this year was: Accessibility to quality maternal care and safe medication. MCIP spoke with our project leads (Dr. Ida Niklson, (Novartis) & Prof. Dr. Miriam Sturkenboom (UMC Utrecht)) on how ConcePTION will bridge the knowledge gap for pregnant and breastfeeding women. | READ MORE >>
Oct
31
2019
Uppsala Monitoring Centre is the WHO collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring with members in more than a network 150 countries. Which profides a global network for pharmacovigilance. In the recent issue of their magazine Reports they focus on the needed search for drug safety facts for pregnant and breastfeeding women with a lengthy interview of two partners of ConcePTION. | READ MORE >>
Oct
17
2019
Several consortium partners currently have job opportunities related to the ConcePTION project. Would you like to contribute to our important mission? Please have a look at the current vacancies below. | READ MORE >>
Oct
14
2019
On September, IMI ConcePTION has successfully launched the first of two surveys to collect information on women’s needs and preferences on information about the medicines or drugs used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. | READ MORE >>
May
05
2019
ConcePTION: ‘Building a pan-European ecosystem for generating, monitoring, and providing robust information on medication safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding’  | READ MORE >>
Apr
01
2019
On 1-April 2019 the IMI project ConcePTION officially started. The project will tackle many of the research gaps related to medicine used by pregnant and breastfeeding women. | READ MORE >>