Pharmacovigilance Interview Questions Series-1.


Codersdaily brings you the most basic PV interview questions that you must know before entering any Pharmacovigilance placement drives. Below are some questions & answers that will help you kick start your placement prep journey.

Instead of bombarding you with tiresome long PDFs, we would rather provide short series of questions that will help you crack your interviews step by step.

Q1: What is Pharmacovigilance? 

Ans: Pharmacovigilance is the science of collecting, monitoring, researching, assessing, and evaluating information from healthcare providers and patients on the adverse effects of medications, biological products, herbalism, and traditional medicines.


Q2: According to WHO, what is the minimum criterion required for a valid case?

Ans: You can remember it with the help of short-form ‘PERD’ which stands for:

a. An identifiable Patient

b. An adverse drug Event 

c. An identifiable Reporter

d. A suspect Drug


Q3: What is an Adverse Drug Event (ADE)?

Ans: An adverse drug event is any untoward medical occurrence in a patient or clinical investigation subject upon administration of a pharmaceutical product that may or may not necessarily have a causal relationship with the treatment.


Q4: What are the parameters for considering an event as ‘Serious’?

Ans: The following criteria deem an adverse event as a SERIOUS- adverse event:

a. Death 

b. Life-threatening

c. Hospitalization or prolongation of hospitalization. 

d. Congenital anomaly 

e. Disability 

f. Medically significant


Q5: What are the major objectives of Pharmacovigilance? 

Ans: Major objectives include:

  • Patient safety
  • Understanding the concepts of ADR
  • Prevention of Medical Errors 
  • Public Health Significance
  • Regulatory Interventions 
  • ADR Monitoring schemes.

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