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Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other possible drug-related problems.

Good Pharmacovigilance Practices for the Americas

The Pharmacovigilance Group Pan American Network for Drug Harmonisation (PARF) prepared this guide based on the perspective of the PAHO/WHO, which considers that pharmacovigilance is an essential component of public health programs. We worked with the intention of facilitating the development of pharmacovigilance systems in the Americas, as well as improve and strengthen, and promote the adoption of best practices to improve patient safety and the public, according to the needs of the region.

Click here to read this guide (only in Spanish)

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 02:02

Links of interest in Pharmacovigilance

Internships and/or Practicum

-  Evaluation of Medicines utilization and indicators
    Description of duties:
  • Gather, analyze and consolidate information related to medicines selection and utilization in the countries of the Region.
  • Gather, analyze and consolidate information related to the evaluation of physicians’ and pharmacists’ performance indicators.
  • Collaborate with the design and implementation of medicines utilization evaluation.
  • Collaborate in the edition, consolidation and dissemination of documents including web posting.
  • Collaborate in other activities of the team related to the rational use of medicines.
  • Competencies: Management of basic pharmacology/pharmacotherapy concepts, interest in public health and medicines topics, international journals reading and analysis, Microsoft word and PowerPoint management.
    Academic level: Any Health science degree.
    Language: Basic Spanish writing and speaking.
    Duration: 4 to 8 months.

-  Medicines information and safety
    Description of duties:
  • Collaborate with the activities of the working group of Pharmacovigilance of the PANDRH network.
  • Collaborate with the activities of the regional network of medicines information centers.
  • Collaborate in the edition, consolidation and dissemination of documents including web posting.
  • Competencies: Interest in pharmaceutical education. Basic communications skills. Basic experience in human resources approach. Microsoft word and PowerPoint Management.
    Academic level: University graduate or last year in College.
    Language: Basic knowledge of Spanish (writing and speaking).
    Duration: 4 to 8 months.

-  Pharmaceutical Education
    Description of duties:
  • Collaborate with the activities of the working groups of the Pan American Conference of Pharmaceutical Education.
  • Collaborate in the edition, consolidation and dissemination of documents including web posting.
  • Competencies: Interest in pharmaceutical education. Basic communications skills. Basic experience in human resources approach. Microsoft word and PowerPoint Management.
    Academic level: University graduate or last year in College.
    Language: Very good knowledge of Spanish (writing and speaking).
    Duration: 4 to 8 months.

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