Hygeia.J.D.Med.6 (2) 2014; 1-2.
Dr.Shirley Samson Varghese M. Pharm, PhD
Sr.Consultant Pharmacologist,Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman
Pharmacovigilance (PV) is the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment,understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem. WHO established its Programme for International Drug Monitoring in response to the thalidomide disaster detected in 1961 The aims of PV are to enhance patient care and patient safety in relation to the use of medicines;and to support public health programs by providing reliable, balanced information for the effective assessment of the risk-benefit profile of medicines. Though it was set in motion several decades ago, some countries still look upon PV as a ritual or a copycat strategy to comply with the International bodies. PV is not yet felt as an intrinsic need.......
Shirley Samson Varghese. Pharmacovigilance. Hygeia.J.D.Med.2014;Vol.6 (2):1-2. Available from http://www.hygeiajournal.com /Article ID- Hygeia.J.D.Med/editorial 9 /14. doi: 10.15254/H.J.D.Med.6.2014.9
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