What is pharmacovigilance?
Pharmacovigilance, also known as PV or PhV, is the science of medicine safety. It covers all issues around adverse drug effects.
For example, pharmacovigilance includes:
- the collection of data around adverse effects
- monitoring them
- assessing their extent
- taking steps to prevent them.
Pharmacovigilance isn’t just about side effects, it can also be about drugs failing to work properly
Pharmacovigilance includes procedures, protocols and a specialist vocabulary designed to standardise the management of adverse effects. These include a number of different reporting methodologies depending on whether the adverse effect was encountered during a clinical trial, while the drug was in standard use, or in another context. They also include criteria for determining the seriousness of an effect.
Who should be concerned about pharmacovigilance?
Pharmacovigilance is of critical importance to pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and to medical professionals of all kinds.