Supervision of safe medicine usage
» pharmacovigilance (Lat. pharmacon - drug, vigilare - vigilance; ensuring safety) «
According to WHO, "the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problems".
Ensuring safe use of medicines consists of:
- adverse drug reactions,
- assessing the risk and probability of its occurrence,
- identifying new drug-induced complications, drug-drug complications and increasing frequency of their occurrence,
- periodic assessment of health hazard and benefits from using a medicine and comparing it to other medicines which are used in the same therapeutic indication,
- informing health service workers and patients.