Janusmed Sex & Gender is a knowledge bank providing structured evidence-based information on sex and gender aspects of drug treatment. The information is intended for healthcare professionals. The texts are based on substance names (generic names), and linked to available drug products on the Swedish market, to enable searches on both substance names and product names. The purpose is to provide support for improved drug therapy by facilitating the right choice of drug and the right dosage, related to the patient’s sex.
Please note that Janusmed Sex & Gender do not include information about the drug’s potential birth defects or compatibility with breastfeeding. For such information, Swedish users can consult the services Janusmed Drugs and Birth Defects (Janusmed fosterpåverkan) and Janusmed Breastfeeding (Janusmed amning).
The documents in Janusmed Sex & Gender are written by pharmacists at the Health and Medical Care Administration Stockholm, and physicians at Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska University Hospital.
All text documents are reviewed and discussed at a round with authors and responsible clinical pharmacologist, Associate Professor Mia von Euler. The texts are approved by Professor Karin Schenck-Gustafsson at the Centre for Gender Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. If necessary, the factual content is reviewed by clinical experts from the Stockholm Drug and Therapeutic Committee’s expert boards. If necessary, the Swedish Medical Products Agency or U.S. Food and Drug Administration are consulted.
The writing process begins with a literature search, which includes following sources: medical databases (e.g. PubMed), product information, treatment guidelines, medical and pharmacological text books. The literature search follows a template (SOP) and a checklist to ensure that the authors follow the same systematic process and have enough information to write about substances that not yet have been included in the knowledge base, and to update existing text documents.
Only studies conducted in humans are included. All described sex differences in the text documents are statistical significant differences, unless something else is specificed.
This knowledge bank is primarily intended for healthcare professionals. The texts are general and should not be seen as treatment guidelines. It is always the treating physician that is responsible for the patient’s medication.
For the medical content of this knowledge bank, the responsible lay on Professor Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, Centre for Gender Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, and Associate Professor Mia von Euler, Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska University Hospital. Stockholm County Council is responsible for technical solution, linkage to the product assortment, presentation and distribution.
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