(2004; 6 pages) [French] [Spanish]
Pharmacovigilance in clinical practice
Safety monitoring of medicines in common use should be an integral part of clinical practice. The degree to which clinicians are informed about the principles of pharmacovigilance, and practise according to them, has a large impact on the quality of health care. Education and training of health professionals in medicine safety, exchange of information between national pharmacovigilance centres, the coordination of such exchange, and the linking of clinical experience of medicine safety with research and health policy, all serve to enhance effective patient care. A regular flow and exchange of information in this way means that national pharmacovigilance programmes are ideally placed to identify gaps in our understanding of medicine-induced diseases.