Pharmacovigilance <— my favorite word today
Pharmacovigilance (abbreviated PV or PhV) is the pharmacological science relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects, particularly long term and short term side effects of medicines. Generally speaking, 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 with a view to identifying new information about hazards associated with medicines and preventing harm to patients. – Wikipedia
I picked up this word yesterday when I attended PCPF’s Run with Doctors race launch yesterday.
Fee-C-Fee-Ep what?!? PCPF stands for Philippine College of Physicians Foundation. This is a foundation within the Philippine College of Physician, an association of internists in the Philippines. I know, it is quite a mouthful. All the Ps and Fs can sometimes be hard for us Pinoys.
Last night, a few bloggers and I were fortunate to have met Dr Gina, Dr Carol and Dr Morales who introduced us to their foundation. Simply put, they are a group of doctors who wish to promote a healthy lifestyle and to create awareness and educate us on various health issues.
The race is a fund raiser for the foundation. They are hoping to generate funds for their research, publications and advocacies. Pharmacovigilance is one of their advocacies. They aim to develop systems to promote patient safety through education and training, and reporting systems. More big words. This part of their advocacies too. They want to make the information they have more understandable and accessible for us. Another program that they are sponsoring with other agencies is the Health and Education Reform Order (HERO) of 2006. It aims to increase the knowledge of teachers, schoolchildren and their families in both elementary and high school on preventive health concepts. This will entail developing modules to be taught to grades 5 and 6 students.
Big words. Big projects. Big funds. Big time support needed.
The geek in me appreciate what they are doing.
Hope to see you all on May 1 at MOA.
You don’t have to recite the definition of pharmacovigilance to cross the finish line … promise!
Visit http://runrio.com/2011/03/pcpf-run-with-doctors/ for race details and online registration.