Every pharmaceutical and biotechnology company aims to create a product that helps patients. They also want the benefits of any treatment too far outweigh any potential side effects so they have whole teams of people devoted to recording the possible side effects / adverse events from their products.
The role of PV/Drug Safety can vary depending on company size, type of products etc. However they will typically involve collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, reporting and prevention of adverse effects and following these records up with a report. This information is then regularly reported back to the regulatory authorities and helps form the basis the patient information leaflet you will find in every pack of medicine.
Ultimately, Pharmacovigilance/ Drug Safety is concerned with identifying the hazards associated with pharmaceutical products and with minimising the risk of any harm that may come to patients.
PV / Drug Safety jobs are incredibly important in the development of new drugs, if you are interested in a career in this sector click on the links below for more information.