Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other medicine/vaccine related problem.” (definition of the World Health Organization)

Veterinary pharmacovigilance involves the continuous monitoring of the safety and efficacy of veterinary medicines during their marketing and use.

Through the reporting, collection and assessment of all spontaneous reports of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) observed, it is possible to conduct a proper assessment of the safety and efficacy profile and risk/benefit ratio of medicinal products.

The aim of pharmacovigilance is to ensure:

  • the safe use of veterinary medicines in animals
  • the safety of food products of animal origin (e.g., meat, milk, eggs, honey)
  • the safety of humans who come in contact with veterinary medicines (e.g., veterinarians, farmers, owners)
  • the safety of the environment.

What is a suspected adverse reaction?

A suspected adverse reaction is a harmful, unintended reaction to a veterinary medicine administered in dosages that are normally used in animals for the prophylaxis, diagnosis, or treatment of a disease, or to restore, correct, or modify a physiological function.

Why is it important to report suspected adverse reactions?

By actively participating in the pharmacovigilance system and reporting suspected adverse reactions, our knowledge about medicines grows, with benefits that directly affect both animal and human health.


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