Formal Definition

A set of activities relating to detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem.


Pharmacovigilance is the practice of detecting, assessing, understanding and preventing the adverse effects of medicines. Pharmacovigilance enhances patient safety and public health by providing reliable information on the risks and benefits of medicines.

  • Abbreviation(s): PhV
  • Categories: Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacovigilance