Pharmacovigilance and Drug Safety jobs are incredibly important in the development of new pharmaceutical drugs and there are many areas within the sector where there are severe skills shortages and where qualified workers are in demand. But how can you develop a career in Drug Safety and PV? Hendre Moolman, a specialist in PV and Drug Safety recruitment has written “A guide to career paths in Drug Safety and PV”. Take a look here:
Drug Safety has a very straightforward career path with the potential to work in both permanent and contracting capacities. Depending on the level of exposure achieved, career progression in Drug Safety can lean towards line management or a more technical direction which includes signal detection, risk management and epidemiology.
As a Pharmacovigilance or Drug Safety Scientist, your role will be focused on the detection, evaluation, knowing and prevention of adverse effects (AE) of drugs. You will also have a role in assessing the risk/benefit of products to ensure that they are safe to use.
The general academic requirement for Drug Safety vacancies are successful graduates with a pharmacy, medical or life science degree, and in some instances further qualifications in project management or a Masters in Drug Safety.
Drug Safety cases can come in from clinical trials, as well as medicines actively being marketed. Once a side effect is reported in the company database additional follow-up may be required to complete gaps in the case. The completed reports are forwarded to the regulatory authorities for review.
The initial salary levels are based on academic background, which differs from year to year, as well as from company to company.
Starting level titles tend to be Drug Safety Associate or Drug Safety Coordinator where the focus is mainly case processing; which involves doing data entry of cases; making sure drug identifiers are captured correctly, and the event reports are detailed enough for the evaluator to decide on the cause of the adverse event………………