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What is Pharmacovigilance

Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities related to the detection, assessment, understanding, and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problems.

The primary goal of pharmacovigilance is to ensure that patients receive safe and effective medications and to minimize the risk of harm from drug treatment. This is achieved through ongoing monitoring of the safety of drugs on the market, including tracking and analyzing reported adverse drug reactions, conducting clinical studies, and evaluating the benefit-risk balance of drugs.

Pharmacovigilance activities are essential for detecting previously unknown adverse reactions to drugs, which can occur in a small number of patients or may not become apparent until the drug has been used by many people. This information can then be used to update the product information and to inform healthcare professionals and patients of any changes to the benefits and risks of the drug.

It also plays a critical role in the development of new drugs, as it helps to identify potential safety issues early in the development process, before the drug reaches the market. This enables the pharmaceutical company to address these issues before the drug is approved for use, which helps to ensure that only safe and effective drugs reach patients.

Pharmacovigilance activities are carried out by pharmaceutical companies, regulatory authorities, and healthcare professionals. Patients and healthcare providers can also play an important role in pharmacovigilance by reporting any adverse drug reactions that they experience or observe. This information is then analyzed and used to improve the safety of drugs on the market.

In conclusion, pharmacovigilance is a crucial aspect of drug safety, as it helps to ensure that patients receive safe and effective medications. By continuously monitoring the safety of drugs, pharmacovigilance helps to minimize the risk of harm from drug treatment and to improve the overall quality of care for patients.

We offer several programs in Pharmacovigilance with 24×7 access to Oracle Argus Safety, which is a drug safety data management and reporting software, to provide hands-on practical experience required by the industry.

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