Pharmacovigilance Career & Faqs
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I am back with one more basic, yet interesting and career decision taking the article on PV Career & FAQS, Frequently asked Questions.
- Desirable qualifications for Pharmacovigilance job ?
Any passionate and enthusiastic life sciences fresher’s including but not limited to B. Pharmacy, M. Pharmacy, M. Sc (Life Sciences), M.Sc (Biotech & Microbiology), MBBS, Pharm. D, Pharm.D (Post Baccalaureate), B.Tech & M. Tech (Biotech), BDS, BHMS, BAMS, BNYS and B. Sc and M. Sc course as qualification can join Pharmacovigilance job.
- What is the average salary can I expect per annum ?
1.8-3 Lakhs per annum for all qualifications, except MBBS for Medicos it varies from 5 lakhs to 8 lakhs based on their relevant experience like Clinical research.
- Office Timings ?
9 AM to 6 PM in few CRO’S and Pharma Companies. Shifts like 6 AM to 3 PM or 2 PM to 11 PM, this may vary company to company and project to projects and company.
- Is it better than Medical Coding, SAS, Clinical Data Management(CDM), Data management, Medical Writing and Regulatory Affairs ?
A job with better pay and company with good work culture is always good irrespective of profile you choose.
- I am into Medical coding/Regulatory Affairs/Insurance Claims/Clinical Data Management can I switch to Pharmacovigilance ?
Yes, you can switch the job profiles in less than 2 years or maximum as there are more chances that you next company might consider or not consider your current or existing experience, still it purely depends on how you perform in the interview and negotiate with HR and interviewer.
- How interesting is the Job profile ?
It’s interesting, exciting as you deal with drugs information and their adverse effects. Working in the regulatory environment always motivates to work to the fullest.
- Can I start the pharmacovigilance job in my native place, i.e Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad or Chennai ?
Yeah sure, but as fresher please do prefer to join job anywhere, while settling in hometown
- I am a life sciences fresher can I go through the pharmacovigilance interview ?
Can go through the interview, but with a prior training from institutes like Catalyst clinical services, Cliniminds and Gratisol or appropriate guidance from friends, senior’s working in the same department and good referral always helps. Attending walk-interviews helps a lot.
- What’s the interview pattern or round of interviews in a Pharmacovigilance profile ?
Written tests including, Aptitude, group discussion, pharmacology, pharmacovigilance basics, group discussion and but not limited to safety narrative writing.
Face to face interview/telephonic phases including, first screening round with HR, technical round with team leaders and projects manager’s including pharmacovigilance knowledge and pay scale, benefits are discussed during these. This varies from company to company, along with above skill set strong communication skills always assist to go through the Pharmacovigilance interview.
- Do we have any Government Jobs for Pharmacovigilance career ?
Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), NewDelhi and India Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC), Ghaziabad offer’s Technical associate-Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacovigilance Technical associate as entry level jobs and experienced jobs with relevant experience. They offer both permanent and contractual positions.
NOTE : The views expressed in the article, Pharmacovigilance Career & Faqs is purely personal nothing to do with my current or ex-companies i have worked for.
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