Pharmacovigilance

“Focus on patient safety”

also known as Drug Safety, is the pharmacological science relating to the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects with pharmaceutical products.

It started with Pharmacovigilance for human medicinal products, however due to various safety experiences with different products and interactions the expectation for safety monitoring lies also with all other products:

  • Pharmacovigilance for veterinary medicinal products,
  • Vigilance for medical devices,
  • Cosmetovigilance for cosmetic products
  • Nutravigilance for food, dietary supplements, or medical food

Therefore there is or should be a common objective for pharmaceutical industry, competent authorities and health care professionals to raise awareness about safe use of all products, to gain profound knowledge about these products and to prevent serious adverse events.

And this can only be achieved with high quality of the products, information on safe use and systematic collection and evaluation of all safety information in the period prior placing the product on the market and also in the post-marketing period.