Pharmacovigilance interview questions for freshers

Pharmacovigilance interview questions for freshers- Part 1

Pharmacovigilance interview questions given here in two parts. This post prepared from freshers point of view. Some of the questions may also be useful for experienced people. If you are looking for a job, you should aware of all these pharmacovigilance interview questions and answers.  We have covered most of the questions usually asked in freshers interview for PV job . We hope that this pharmacovigilance interview questions will assist you face the interview successfully.

  • Explain about Pharmacovigilance?

Ans) It collects adverse effects information of medicines, biological products and the data is analysed, monitored to prevent the adverse effects or other drug or therapy related problems.  AE information is collected form healthcare providers(Doctors/Pharmacist/Nurse etc.) and patients etc.

  • What is the difference between adverse drug reaction or adverse drug event

Ans) Adverse drug event (ADE) is an untoward medical occurrence when a medicine is administered to a patient. It is an unexpected and unpredictable reaction, which does not necessarily have a casual relationship with drug action. But Adverse drug reaction is a noxious and unintended effect. It has a relationship with the drug action. ADR is a harmful effect occurs at a normal dose and normal use.

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  • What are the objectives of Pharmacovigilance?

Ans) Objectives the pharmacovigilance is to enhance the patient and public care and safety by reducing the occurrence of adverse effects and its severity.

To encourage the rational and safe use of drugs by increasing the awareness and understanding of drugs.

  • Explain about types of pharmacovigilance?

Ans) There are two types of Pharmacovigilance available i.e Active and Passive Pharmacovigilance.

Active PV: It involves active measures to detect the Adverse event occurrence after or during the treatment. Patients are directly asked or patient screening records are checked to find out the any experienced adverse events.

Passive PV: It wont involve any active measures to detect the adverse events/effects. This is also called as Spontaneous or voluntary reporting. This reporting is mainly depending on initiative and motivation of reporters like Healthcare providers  (Doctors, Nurse, Pharmacist etc) and Patients.

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  • Different phases involved a product development?

Ans) Screening of several thousands/Lakhs of compounds, few compounds enter into the Preclinical Testing followed by Clinical Trials. Then NDA filed for getting marketing approval. Formulation will be in the market once the product got the regulatory authority approval.

  • Explain different phases in clinical trails ?

Ans) 3 phases involved in the Clinical Trials.

Phase I determines the drug safety and dosage by the help of pharmacokinetics of the drug. Except chronic disease (AIDS/Cancer) drugs, most of the remaining drugs tested in healthy volunteers.

Phase II: Once the drug safety confirmed, this phase starts to find out the effectiveness of the drug along with its side effects.

Phase III: This phase tested on a huge number (1000 to 3000) of patients. Before going to drug in the market, this phase confirm/ verifies the effectiveness of the drug in the trial.

Note: Phase 0 also belongs to the clinical trial phase known as micro dosing. Very small amount of the drug is administered in the human body to check whether the drug is behaving same as it is tested in the animals in the preclinical studies.

  • What are considerations for AE to be “serious” ?

Ans) Hospitalisation/Prolonged hospitalisation/ Disability/Life threatening/Death/Congenital anamoly.

  • Mention the drug regulatory authorities of India, USA, UK, Japan, Brazil, Australia, China, Thailand and Singapore?

Ans) India- CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation)

USA- USFDA (United Stated Food &Drug Administration)

UK- European Medicines Agency (EMA)

Japan- PMDA (Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency)

Brazil- ANVISA (National Health Surveillance Agency)

Australia –  TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration)

China – CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration)

Thailand – FDA (Food and Drug Administration)

Singapore – HSA (Health Science Authority)

  • Explain about Volume 9A?

Ans) European Union prepared this Volume 9A. It provides guidance on pharmacovigilance roles, requirements, procedures and activities. These guidelines are for both MAH (Marketing Authorisation Holders) and Human use medicinal product competent authorities.

It contains 4 parts.

Part 1 discuss guidelines for MAH (Marketing Authorisation Holders)

2nd part is about guidelines for Medicinal product competent authorise.

Part 3 is about guidelines for electronic exchange of PV in European Union and

4th part deals with the guidelines on PV communication.

  • What are the ICH guidelines related to Pharmacovigilance?

Ans) ICH E2A to E2F guidelines deals with pharmacovigilance.

E2A guidelines for Clinical Safety Data Management:

These guidelines deals with the terminology and standard definitions related to the clinical safety reporting. It also provides the guidelines on ADR rapid/expedited reporting mechanism during the investigational drug development phase.

E2B guidelines for Data elements transmission of ICSRs.

It provides guidelines on clinical safety data management and ICSR data elements transmission.

E2C –Periodic benefit risk evaluation report.

It provides guidelines on PSURs of marketed drugs which are having role in benefit risk evaluation.

E2D- It provides guidelines for Post approval safety data management.

E2E- It provides guidelines on Pharmacovigilance planning.

E2F- Development Safety Update Report: It provides guidance on DSUR. It is the data from the Investigational drugs in the clinical trials with or without having a market approval. Sponsors required to submit DSUR on every year.

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  • Minimum data elements required for a valid case?

Ans) An identifiable reporter (Patient/Doctor/Pharmacist etc), An adverse event, An identifiable patient and an identifiable suspect product.


Ans) ICSR – Individual Case Safety Report

DSUR- Development Safety Update Report

PSUR- Periodic Safety Update Report: European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) needs this PSURs.

PADER-Periodic Adverse Drug Experience Report: USFDA needs this PADERs.

SUSAR- Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction

MedDRA- Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Affairs: MedDRA developed by ICH (International Conference on Harmonisation) and maintained by Maintenance Support Services Organisation (MSSO).

GVP- Good Pharmacovigilance Practices.

IBD- International Birth Date

ESTRI- Electronic Standards for the Transfer of Regulatory Information

WHO ART- World Health Organisation-  Adverse Reaction Terminology: It is a dictionary for coding adverse reactions. WHO ART maintained by Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC), Sweden.

CIOMS-Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences. For more information visit CIOMS website

  • When the MedDRA is updated?

Ans) In every year of March and September, MedDRA updated. March updates presented in Metathesaurus release of November and September updates presented in May Metathesaurus release.

  • What do you know about Thalidomide disaster?

Ans) Thalidomides used as a mild sleeping agent and to treat morning sickness in pregnant women in 1960s. The major side effect of this drug is Phocomelia (severe Birth defects affecting the upper and/ lower limbs and foetal death. Thousands of babies affected by the malformed limbs.

  • What do you know about Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment?

Ans) It was an unethical study. Researcher(Doctors from Public Health Services) included the Tuskgee (a city in Macon country, Alabama, United states) sharecrappers without giving the proper information about the study. It was started in 1932 to know the disease progression of syphilis( a sexually transmitted disease). This study was continued upto 40 years. Study involves 399 latent syphilis patients and 201 normal healthy people as control- they were being infected with variety of ailments of bad blood. Syphilis patients are left untreated for knowing disease progression even though penicillin recommended treatment is available for syphilis from the year of 1947. Nearly most study participants are injected with syphilis infection. At the end of the study, most of study participants were died with syphilis or with its related complications and their wife’s and children infected with syphilis.

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Pharmacovigilance interview questions and answers-Part 2:

Pharmacovigilance interview questions and answers-Part 2:

Pharmacovigilance interview questions are prepared here in two parts. Part 1 covers most of pharmacovigilance interview questions from technical point of view. Part 2 contains technical as well as physiology, medical terms and computer questions.

These are remaining questions continuation to the pharmacovigilance interview questions part 1.

  • What do you know about aggregate reporting?

Ans) It is a procedure that collects all the cumulative safety data of a medicinal product on a periodic basis from a wide variety of sources. These data is submitted to regulatory authorites.

As long as If the company medicinal product is in market of any where in the world.  Aggregate safety reports of that medicinal product should be submitted to regulatory authorities.

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  • Explain about Interventional studies and Non interventional studies?

Ans) Interventional study: This is a type of clinical trail. Treatment/Intervention is assigned to one or more groups in the clinical study. Another group may not receive the treatment (if it is a Control group otherwise If it is active control group, this group also receive the medication). All these details will be mentioned in the study protocol in advance and evaluates the medicinal product effect on health related outcome.

Non-interventional study: Also known as Observational study. Participants in this study receives medicinal product in usual manner. These studies helpful to determine various aspects of medicinal product use. In these studies Treatment strategy is not decided advance in the protocol. Any additional diagnostic methods are not used (only clinical samples are collected as the part of their regular normal clinical practice) to measure efficacy. Usually questionnaires, interviews used to collect the data.

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  • What do you know about signal and its types?

Ans) Signal is a reported information based on a causal relationship. This information may be not known till now or incompletely reported previously. For generating a signal, 2 or more than 2 reports are required.

Three types of signals are available.

  1. Confirmed signals
  2. False signals
  3. Unconfirmed signal: need further information.
  • What do you know about causality and mention causality assessing methods?

Ans) Causality is all about relatedness or relationship between a set of factors mainly of drug and adverse event. For assessing the causality, several methods are available.

e.g: WHO assessment scale, European ABO system, Kramer scale etc.

Note: These pharmacovigilance interview questions and answers helpful mainly for freshers also some of the questions  for experienced people.  While attending a pharmacovigilance interview, you may asked different questions which are related to PV and other working point of view (like basic computer questions. E.g You have to use computer while, so these questions as well questions from your personal education background may also be expected).

If you are trying to attend a pharmacovigilance interview , you should aware of all these pharmacovigilance interview questions and answers. We hope that this pharmacovigilance interview questions will assist you face the interview successfully.

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  • What are sources of Adverse Event Reports?

Ans) Adverse events reported by following sources.

  • Spontaneous reporting by healthcare professionals (Physicians/ Pharmacists/Nurse etc.)
  • Solicited reports from Clinical trails
  • Stimulated reports through patient support programs, marketing surveys, patient registries, disease management and medical chart reviews etc.

Apart from these questions, Usually pharmacology questions asked in interviews generally. Questions and answers as follows.

These are the common physiology and pharmacology question and answers you should know before attending the pharmacovigilance interview.

  • What are life threatening diseases? and explain it?

Ans) These are the dangerous diseases which are able to cause death.  Usually these diseases are chronic diseases and most of these diseases/medical conditions don’t have proper curable treatment. E.g HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer, Neurological conditions etc.

  • What do you know about diabetes and mention the drugs used for its treatment?

Ans) Diabetes is a metabolic disorder. There are two types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes: In this type, insulin is not produced from the pancreas. Insulin produced cells may be damaged due to several reasons like due to immunity disorders or infections etc. Direct insulin injections are used in this disorder.
  • Type 2 diabetes: In this type, Insulin produced in the body, Type 2 DM patients unable to use this insulin properly. This is the most common diabetes.

Most commonly used are Metformin, Gliclazide, Glimperimide, simvastatin etc.

  • Gestational diabetes: This is disorder occur in pregnancy.
  • What is the normal blood pressure and explain about Hypertension?

Ans) 120/80 considered as normal blood pressure. 120 indicates systolic blood pressure and 80 diastolic blood pressure.

High blood pressure(Hypertenstion) is a long term medical disorder. If pressure of the blood is high enough i.e 140/90 on arteries, it is called as hypertension. Excess salt, excess body weight, smoking and alcohol are the risk factors for high BP.

  • Expand ECG, COPD disease,EEG, FSH harmone, OGTT test, HIV, ICU and NIDDM?

Ans) ECG-  Electrocardiogram

COPD- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

EEG- Electroencephalogram

OGTT- Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

HIV- Human Immunovirus

ICU- Intensive Care Unit

NIDDM- Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Melletus.

  • Tell me about various parenteral routes of administration?

Ans) Intravenous (IV) route – Drug delivered directly into a vein.

Intramuscular (IM) route- Drug  injected into the muscle.

Subcutaneous (SC) route- Drug delivered through the subcutaneous layer located the below the dermis and epidermis layer of the skin.

Intra arterial (IA) route-  Drug injected through artery which specific for a particular organ.

Intra articular route: Drug injected in joint space avoiding the systemic circulation.

Intrathecal route: Drug injected in to the spinal canal or subarachnoid space .

Intradermal route: Medicine injected through the skin dermis layer.

  • Explain the functions of Liver, lungs and kidney?

Ans) Liver: It plays key metabolic functions in the body like carbohydrates, fats and protein metabolism. It detoxify the blood chemicals. It stores the minerals, vitamins and glycogen. Liver produces the bile salts for breaking down the fats in the small intestine.

Lungs: The main function of the lungs is to exchange the gases during the respiration. It provides the oxygen to the blood (RBC) and removes carbon dioxide from the blood (RBC).

Kidneys: It plays a key role in balancing the water fluids level. It continuously filter the blood and do excretion or retention of the minerals depend upon the body requirement.

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Apart from these questions, you are may be asked about basics of computer short cuts

  • Mention a few keyboard shortcuts except cut, copy and paste?

Ans) Ctrl +A : Select all, Ctrl + B: Bold,  Ctrl + D: Go to Font, Ctrl + E: Align the line or selected text to the center, Ctrl + F: Find, Ctrl + G: Go to, Ctrl + H: Replace, Ctrl + I: Italics,  Ctrl + N: New document, Ctrl + P: Print,

Windows+ D : Go to desktop

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