Pharmacovigilance Glossary Terms

PHARMACOVIGILANCE: From the etymological perspective, pharmacovigilance can be divided into two words, pharmaco from the greek “pharmakon” meaning drug and vigilance from the latin “vigilare” meaning to keep watch.

So in general terms, pharmacovigilance is the process to keep a continued vigilance over the marketed and unmarketed (under clinical trials) medicinal products in order to detect, assess, understand and prevent adverse reactions.