From the mid-1960s Westerholm was an early pioneer in the field of pharmacovigilance, also working on the early stages of the WHO Drug Dictionary and the WHO Programme for International Drug Monitoring. In 1979 as general director of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, she had homosexuality dropped from the list of mental health diseases.
In 2009 she was awarded the Nordic Public Health Prize for work to fight discrimination against the elderly.
- Finney DJ (2003). From thalidomide to pharmacovigilance: a personal account. Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs Annual 2003, in vol. 26.
- Humanist events for Europride 2008 Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. International Humanist and Ethical Union, 8 September 2008
- Barbro Westerholm gaines Nordic Public Health Prize for work to fight discrimination against the elderly Nordiska högskola för folkshälsovetenskap (Nordic University for Public Health), 6 July 2009
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