Effective Pharmacovigilance Using NLP

Pharmacovigilance (PV) is the “science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding, and prevention of adverse effects or any other possible drug-related problems” (WHO, 2015). PV practices for most cases depend on analysing clinical trials, biomedical writing, observational examinations, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), social media and Spontaneous Reporting (SR). Pharmacovigilance plays a vital role in monitoring the Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) caused due to single drug intake, combined dose as well as prolonged administration. ADR has led to an increase in the mortality rate by 1.8% throughout the world.

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