What is Pharmacovigilance?
Pharmacovigilance is a science of Drug safety which is related to the evaluation, prevention of adverse effects, caused by pharmaceutical products. The origin of word “Pharmacovigilance” is from: pharmakon (Greek word denotes a drug) and vigilare (Latin word denotes to keep watch). Pharmacovigilance is at the center stage of new drug development as well as post-marketing evaluation of approved pharmaceutical products. Many drugs are withdrawn from or not even brought into the market by Pharmacovigilance. It is mainly due to the function of Pharmacovigilance professionals that the medicines in the marketplace that we consume are generally safe and all those that are identified hazardous are taken off the market. Pharmacovigilance professionals keep a timely watch on the safety of the medicines in clinical trials as well as the medicines previously being marketed in the market.
Aim and objectives of Pharmacovigilance:
How do they work?
When the side effect of drugs are reported, the Pharmacovigilance professionals enter the event in appropriate databases, follow-up with the event to collect additional information and send these reports to regulatory authorities and other appropriate regulatory bodies.
Main activities or job responsibilities of Pharmacovigilance professionals:
Opportunities for Pharmacovigilance Professionals?
People trained in Pharmacovigilance can find excellent employment options in the following organizations:
Besides this, students can make their career with following companies like:
Asian clinical trials serene, Dr Reddy’s lab, Zydus, Bioserve, Clin invent, Intass biopharmaceuticals, Clintec international, Clinigene, Elly Lilly, Lupin limited, Glaxo SmithKline, IGATE clinical research, Johnson & Johnson, Lambda therapeutic research, Matrix laboratories ltd., Merck, Novartis, Roche India, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Pharmanet, Quintiles, Reliance life science, Ranbaxy, Sristek, Siro Clinpharma, Synchron, Sanofi Aventis, Torrent pharma, Vimta labs, Alembic, Asian Clinical Trials etc.
The initial remuneration for fresher’s is significantly based on their academic background, differing from year to year as well as from an organization to organization.
Conclusions: Pharmacovigilance is a great employment option for pharmacy, medical and life science graduates. The main aim of Pharmacovigilance is to provide complete and clear information related to drug safety and various risks and benefits associated with them. Pharmacovigilance can help in providing information of unintended and severe adverse events which could not be provided by clinical trials involving in-vivo method. There are large numbers of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries working in this sector. A pharmacy graduate directly join this profession, if a person wants to strengthen his/her resume, there are specialized diploma available like professional diploma in pharmacovigilance & pharmacoepidemiology, PG diploma in clinical research & pharmacovigilance, PG diploma in pharmacovigilance & regulatory affairs, PG diploma in pharmacovigilance & medical writing to grab good opportunities.Students who are willing and have decided to opt for pharmacy as their career are very fortunate as nowadays the scope of pharmacy has multiplied to tenfold. Therefore students desire to be a pharmacist have huge scope in this field. The only guiding principle for their success is getting admission in any prestigious pharmacy college. Sagar Institute of Pharmacy & Technology also known as SIPTec is one such renowned college situated in the city of lakes Bhopal which is emphasizing on imparting value based knowledge to its students. This makes SIPTec one of the preferred choice of the students.
Dr. Ashish Jain,
Sagar Institute of Pharmacy and Technology (SIPTec), Bhopal.
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