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What is Pharmacovigilance?

Also known as drug safety, Pharmacovigilance is the pharmacological science relating to the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects with pharmaceutical products.

Briefly, pharmacovigilance professionals have to monitor, assess, detect and prevent the adverse effects of medicines. This discipline touches the sectors such as healthcare and pharmacy. Let’s discuss in detail about a career in pharmacovigilance.

India is one of the largest producers of pharmaceuticals in the world and is popular even for exporting the pharmaceuticals. There are more than 8000 licensed drug manufacturers in India which will recruit pharmacovigilance professionals in good numbers. There are many job opportunities abroad, in countries like the United States and the European countries, too.

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What is Clinical Data Management?

A critical process in clinical research, which leads to generation of high-quality, reliable, and statistically sound data from clinical trials. Clinical data management ensures collection, integration and availability of data at appropriate quality and cost.

Clinical Data Management (CDM) is an important department in pharmaceutical and contract research organizations that usually employs more people than any other department. This department is involved in overall collection and handling of clinical trial data. Data Management teams develop tools for collection of data at clinical trial sites, quality check the collected data for errors and raise flags in case any discrepancy is identified.

They develop tools for verification, validation and quality control of the data gathered during the clinical trial. Clinical data managers ensure the integrity and confidentiality of collected data is maintained at all times. Various security controls are incorporated into the system to ensure that the data extracted from the clinical trials is secure and not prone to any open threats. Careers in Clinical Data Management are very promising. This field offers a wide scope of career options. Common positions available in Data Management departments are:

– Clinical Data Manager
– Clinical Data Coordinator
– Clinical Data Entry Operator
– Clinical Data Reviewer
– Software Developers and Programmers with expertise in SAS, SPSS, Oracle Clinical etc.