The International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine

Patient Safety - Pharmacovigilance - Liability

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We are saddened to inform you that the former Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, Prof. Dr. Christoffel Jos van Boxtel, has passed away on the 23rd of January 2020. He will be greatly missed. We have published an In Memoriam, which can be found here.

We are very pleased to announce that the Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, I. Ralph Edwards, was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by the University of Benin, Nigeria. We congratulate him on this achievement. For more information, please see here.

The International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine is putting out a call for papers on the following topics: Evaluations of the risks versus benefits of any medical intervention Understanding and communication of vaccine risks Understanding and communication of uncertainty in medicines Risk and harm of medical care to clinical care practitioners

The International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine is concerned with rendering the practice of medicine as safe as it can be; that involves promoting the highest possible quality of care, but also examining how those risks which are inevitable can be contained and managed. This is not exclusively a drugs journal. Recently it was decided to include in the subtitle of the journal three items to better indicate the scope of the journal, i.e. patient safety, pharmacovigilance and liability and the Editorial Board was adjusted accordingly. For each of these sections an Associate Editor was invited. We especially want to emphasize patient safety. Our journal wants to publish high quality interdisciplinary papers related to patient safety, not the ones for domain specialists. For quite some time we have also been devoting some pages in every issue to what we simply call WHO news. This affinity with WHO underlines both the International character of the journal and the subject matter we want to cover. Basic research, reports of clinical experience and overviews will all be considered for publication, but since major reviews of the literature are often written at the invitation of the Editorial Board it is generally advisable to consult with the Editor in advance. Submission of news items will be appreciated, as will be the contribution of letters on topics which have been dealt with in the journal.

I. Ralph Edwards

Marie Lindquist

Former Editor-in-Chief
C.J. van Boxtel

Founding Editor
M.N.G. Dukes

Associate Editors
Clinical Pharmacology and Evidence-Based Medicine
L.E. Ziganshina
Kazan, Russian Federation

Patient Safety
M. Simsekler

Pharmaceuticals Policy and Law
Carlo Bottari
Bologna, Italy

Federico Laus
Bologna, Italy

I. Ralph Edwards

Editorial Board
P.R. Breggin, Psychiatry
E. Brown, Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Regulatory Affairs
R. Chandler, Pharmacovigilance, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines
A. Czarnecki, Pharmacovigilance and Internal Medicine
E. Ernst, Complementary Medicine
U.M. Gassner, Pharmaceuticals Policy and Law
M. Gossell-Williams, Pharmacologist and Educator
U. Hagemann, Pharmacovigilance
R. Hama, Internal Medicine and Patient Safety
A. Isah, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology
J. Lyle Bootman, Pharmaceuticals Policy and Law
D.H. Marks, Internal Medicine and Microbiology
J. McEwen, Pharmacovigilance and Neurology
A.G. Minsk, Pharmaceuticals Policy and Law
M. Napier, Class Action Law and Medication Injuries
P.P. Nyambayo, Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Trials
E. Okoro, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology
A. Olowofela-Opadeyi, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
S. Olsson, Pharmacy and International Drug Safety
E.P. Van Puijenbroek, Pharmacovigilance
E. Rocca, Philosophy of Science and Health Care
M. Russom, Pharmacovigilance
R. Savage, Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology and Epidemiology
A. Sundström, Pharmacoepidemiology
M. Tatley, Pharmacovigilance, Public Health and Vaccines
T. Tijmstra, Health Sciences
A.S. Urato, Maternal and Fetal Medicine
M. Venegoni, Internal Medicine and Pharmacovigilance


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