The history of pharmacovigilance goes back to more than 40 years. The global interest in the monitoring of drug safety showed a remarkable increase in the last four decades especially after the thalidomide disaster in the sixties. The thalidomide disaster opened up the issue of drug safety for the public and healthcare professionals alike and brought about an awareness of the importance of the systemic surveillance “Pharmacovigilance” which focuses on numerous activities which are exclusively intended to improve patient care, and avoidance of ADR or any other drug-related problem (DRP).
Citation: Raza A, Jamal H (2015) Assessment of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice among the Medical and Pharmacy Students towards Pharmacovigilance and Adverse Drug Reactions in Abbottabad, Pakistan. J Pharmacovigilance 3:173.