Definition of pharmacovigilance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfɑːməkəʊˈvɪdʒɪl(ə)ns/


[mass noun]
The practice of monitoring the effects of medical drugs after they have been licensed for use, especially in order to identify and evaluate previously unreported adverse reactions: the partnership hopes to develop diagnostic tools to improve pharmacovigilance
More example sentences
  • Neither the directive on good clinical practice nor the guidance on pharmacovigilance has yet been agreed within the European Union.
  • We have repeatedly shown that prescription event monitoring provides a valuable addition to pharmacovigilance of prescription products in England.
  • All medicines (prescription, pharmacy, and general sales) are subject to exactly the same requirements in terms of pharmacovigilance.


1970s: from pharmaco- + vigilance.

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