oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Pharmacovigilance - who is responsible and why should we care? : forum



The World Health Organisation defines as "the science and activities related to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) and drug-related problems". With respect to pharmacovigilance, both sound clinical judgement of the adverse drug reaction (ADR) and insight into the effects of the drug are required to allow a conclusion to be drawn as to the relationship between the adverse event and the drug involved. Pharmacovigilance is a responsibility shared by manufacturers, drug regulators, public health programmes, clinical institutions, academic researchers, health care workers, the media and consumers alike.


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