Clinical Research Glossary

pharmacovigilance pharmacovigilance


A process to detect, review, and make decisions about drug safety to protect patients.

Example of pharmacovigilance in a sentence

Scientific drug safety monitoring is called pharmacovigilance.

More Info

Pharmacovigilance is the science of monitoring the effects of drugs and vaccines. It involves detecting, understanding, and preventing adverse events and determining whether observed events are caused by the drug or vaccine.

Pharmacovigilance happens during and after a research study, and after a drug is approved

Other info to think about when joining a study

The word “pharmacovigilance” is sometimes used in conversations about the risk and safety monitoring of a drug.

If you see this word and have any questions about how it is being used, you should ask the study team.

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