Safety and Pharmacovigilance: Department Models and Structures


Industry Standard Research interviewed experienced safety and pharmacovigilance decision-makers to get a better grasp on the function. These professionals shared their perspectives on topics such as the role of safety and PV within their organizations, how their departments are structured, how the function interacts with other departments within their companies, and key challenges faced by safety and PV employees. ISR also collected insights on department headcounts, outsourcing practices, and department funding.

ISR conducted 11 in-depth interviews with tenured post-marketing safety and pharmacovigilance professionals from leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in North America and Europe.


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  • Determine where your company’s approach to safety and pharmacovigilance may be different from a typical industry approach and the benefits and drawbacks that may result.
  • Gather information on safety and pharmacovigilance structures and philosophies employed by other organizations to provide a new perspective from which to consider your company’s philosophies.
  • Compare the size of your company’s safety and pharmacovigilance function to that of other companies.
  • Safety & PV Goals
  • Safety & PV Employees
  • PV Work Throughout Development
  • Department Size & Structure
  • Organizational Alignment
  • Effectiveness Measures
  • Budgets & Funding
  • Outsourcing
  • Challenges
  • Future Predictions
  • Best Practices & Recommendations

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Safety & PV Goals

Background Of Safety & PV Employees

Key Takeaways

Main Priorities Of Safety & PV

Top Priorities Of Post-Marketing And PV Activities
Key Factors That Have Shaped The Top Post-Marketing And PV Priorities
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PV Work Done During The Development Process

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Size Of Safety And PV Departments

Department Models And Structures

The Types Of Sub-Function Teams In Safety & Pharmacogilance Departments
Key Takeaways

Where Safety And PV Call “Home”

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Safety & PV’s Effectiveness Measured

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Safety & PV Department Budgets & Funding

PV Employee Salaries Based On Title & Role
Key Takeaways

Safety & PV Outsourcing

What Activities Are/Are Not Being Outsourced
Vendor Selection Criteria
Growth In Outsourcing Of PV Work
Key Takeaways

Safety & PV’s Main Challenges & Potential Solutions

Key Takeaways

Future Predictions

Best Practices & Recommendations

Safety And PV Employees
Safety And PV Work & Priorities
Department Structure
Outsourcing Behavior
Safety & PV Budget/Challenges

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