Pharmacovigilance (PV)


This area of the PIPA website has been developed as a resource for individuals working within Pharmacovigilance.

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Pharmacovigilance is the process of:

  • Monitoring medicines as used in everyday practice to identify previously unrecognised adverse effects or changes in the patterns of adverse effects
  • Assessing the risks and benefits of medicines in order to determine what action, if any, is necessary to improve their safe use
  • Providing information to users to optimise safe and effective use of medicines
  • Monitoring the impact of any action taken. As such this is a highly specialised role and many companies recruit separately for pharmacovigilance professionals whilst others combine the role with Medical Information.