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Safety Reporting from Other Sources is a Course

Safety Reporting from Other Sources

0.5 credits


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The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance- Georgia CTSA and Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute -SC-CTSI have collaborated to provide free, high quality educational programs for clinical research professionals at novice to expert levels of experience. At the completion of each course or program, participants earn contact hours recognized by a certificate and/or badge.


The importance of collecting additional safety data from non-clinical trial sources, such as epidemiological investigations, public domain, foreign regulatory authorities, and animal and in-vitro data, to develop a comprehensive product safety profile will be discussed.


  1. Importance of additional sources of safety information
    • Updating the Investigator’s brochure
    • Product label and prescribing information
  2. Other Types of Safety Report
    • Animal or in-vitro testing
    • Non-IND studies
    • Safety information related to drug class
    • Published and unpublished literature
    • Public Domain
    • Foreign regulatory authorities
    • Foreign commercial marketing experience
  3. Clinical Studies
    • Investigator-initiated trials (IIT)
    • Studies in other indications
    • Other formulations but same API
  4. Epidemiological Investigations
    • Registry studies
    • Post-approval studies
  5. Safety Information related to Drug Class
    • Food and Drug Administration Amendment Act of 2007 (FDAAA)
    • Postmarket Drug Safety Information for Patients and Providers
  6. How does this affect you?
    • Resource: DailyMed


Nancy Smerkanich, DRScMS, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California (USC).Dr. Smerkanich received her faculty appointment after successfully completing her Doctoral Dissertation on “Benefits Risk Frameworks –Implementation in Industry” in 2015.  In addition to teaching in courses related to drug development and clinical trials, she continues to provide regulatory guidance to industry peers. Nancy brings many years of practical regulatory knowledge and experience to academia where she participated in all regulatory aspects of product development, having served as Regulatory Liaison, US Agent, and Global Regulatory Lead across all therapeutic areas. Known for her dedication to education and mentoring across industry, Nancy continues to be recognized for her ability to provide accurate, relevant and dynamic instruction on both the technical and strategic aspects of global regulatory affairs and for her service to professional organizations such as the Drug Information Association (DIA) and The Organization for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA).With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Smerkanich has participated in all regulatory aspects of drug development, having served as Regulatory Liaison, US Agent, and Global Regulatory Lead across all therapeutic areas. Prior to joining Octagon, Dr. Smerkanich held various Regulatory Affairs positions within industry, including nine years at Merck and seven years as an independent consultant. Dr. Smerkanich holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Regulatory Science from USC and Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian from the University of Connecticut.


Beginner: This course is designed for Clinical Research Assistant/Associates or Clinical Research Coordinators in academia, clinics, hospitals, industry, or CRO with 1- 2 years of clinical research experience.Individuals may be new to clinical research with limited knowledge of clinical trial conduct, good clinical practices, regulations and common terminology associated with clinical research.

Learner Level: Beginner

Contact Hours:

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Program Information: This is the third course in a six (6) course program. To complete the entire program and earn a badge CLICK HERE.


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