Status: Finalised First registered on: 26/10/2012
Last updated on: 04/04/2016
1. Study identification
EU PAS Register NumberEUPAS2356
Official titleUse of antiepileptics and risk of suicidality. An exploratory study using the UK General Practice Research Database (GPRD) and data from the Danish registries with an evaluation of available data from further European data sources.
Study title acronym
Study typeObservational study
Brief description of the studyThe studies described in this protocol are all performed within the framework of PROTECT (Pharmacoepidemiological Research on Outcomes of Therapeutics by a European ConsorTium) Work Package 2 and Working Group 1. The primary aim of these studies is to develop, test and disseminate methodological standards for the design, conduct and analysis of Pharmacoepidemiological (PE) studies applicable to different safety issues and using different data sources. To achieve this, results from PE studies on 5 key Drug / adverse events (D-AEs) pairs performed in different databases will be evaluated. The use of antiepileptics associated with the risk of suicidality is one of the key D-Ae pair of interest. Therefore, emphasis will be on the methodological aspects of the studies in this protocol and not on the clinical consequences of studying the association under investigation.
Was this study requested by a regulator?No
Is the study required by a Risk Management Plan (RMP)?
Regulatory procedure number (RMP Category 1 and 2 studies only)
Other study registration identification numbers and URLs as applicable
2. Research centres and Investigator details
Coordinating study entity
Centre nameF.Hoffmann-La Roche AG
Centre locationSwitzerland
Details of (Primary) lead investigator
Title Dr
Last name Schuerch
First name Markus
Is this study being carried out with the collaboration of a research network?

Other centres where this study is being conducted
Multiple centres

In total how many centres are involved in this Study?6

Agencia Espanola del Medicamento y Productos Sanitarios (AEMPS), Spain
European Medicines Agency (EMA), United Kingdom
Lægemiddelstyrelsen (Danish Medicines Agency (DKMA), Denmark
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität-München (LMU MUNCHEN), Germany
F.Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland
Countries in which this study is being conducted
International study

United Kingdom
3. Study timelines: initial administrative steps, progress reports and final report
Date when funding contract was signed19/08/200919/08/2009
Start date of data collection03/10/201103/10/2011
Start date of data analysis
Date of interim report, if expected
Date of final study report31/12/201301/04/2016
4. Sources of funding
Please provide estimates of the percentage of funding by source for this study
Names(s)Approximate % funding
Pharmaceutical companiesAmgen, AstraZeneca, Genzyme, GSK, MerckSerono, Novartis, Roche, Pfizer50
Government body
Research councils
EU funding schemeInnovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)50
5. Contact details for enquiries
Scientific Enquiries
Title Dr
Last name Schuerch
First name Markus
Address line 1F.Hoffmann-La Roche AG
Address line 2PDBE, Bld.663, room 2116 
Address line 3 
PostcodeCH-4070 Basel 
Phone number (incl. country code)41616882209 
Alternative phone number 
Fax number (incl. country code) 
Email address
Public Enquiries
Title Dr 
Last name Kurz 
First name Xavier 
Address line 1European Medicines Agency 
Address line 27 Westferry Circus 
Address line 3Canary Wharf 
PostcodeLondon E14 4HB 
CountryUnited Kingdom 
Phone number (incl. country code)442074188400 
Alternative phone number 
Fax number (incl. country code)