Although pharmacovigilance activities often operate on a limited scale, the SPS Program emphasizes a comprehensive, systems-oriented approach to pharmacovigilance. SPS works with countries to develop an operational strategy that encompasses the full spectrum of medicine safety—product quality, adverse drug reactions, and medication errors—using a range of surveillance methods. Countries can then implement the system in phases as they build capacity and establish necessary resources.
By carrying out pharmacovigilance activities in a systematic way, SPS aims to achieve the following objectives—
To attain these objectives and ultimately improve health outcomes, SPS follows an evidence-based operational approach at both local and country levels based on the following steps—
Read more about SPS' work in pharmacovigilance in the program's newly published paper Supporting Pharmacovigilance in Developing Countries: The Systems Perspective -