A Drug Safety Associate plays a pivotal role in ensuring medicines

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The Drug Safety Associate, in essence, is accountable and reports to three distinct clients: 1. The immediate employer; 2. The sponsor/client on whose behalf the project has been undertaken by the employer; and 3. regulatory authorities.

A Drug Safety Associate (DSA) plays a pivotal role in ensuring medicines are ultimately safe for human or animal consumption. The DSA provides specialized technical and process-related support to drug safety and medical monitoring initiatives. The DSA is responsible for documenting and tracking adverse events and serious-adverse events reports and processing them in accordance with employer, sponsor and government safety regulations and policies.

Some of the responsibilities of a Drug Safety Associate may include:
• Checking the accuracy and cohesiveness of adverse event and serious adverse event reports from clinical trials and prioritizing them

• Preparing and reviewing safety reports

• Responding to product safety inquiries originating from regulatory authorities, within his/her own organization, healthcare professionals and/or patients

• Assessing patient eligibility for clinical trials

• Entering data into safety databases and reporting systems

• Processing adverse event reports from various sources to ensure compliance with regulations

• Initiating quality assurance analysis on specific cases

• Reviewing work of other DSAs

• Representing safety operations at meetings, presentations, training programs and the like

• Preparing comprehensive reviews of adverse or serious-adverse events

• Highlighting potential sources of product litigation

• Processing case-related information

• Writing case narratives

• Ensuring compliance with the MedDRA (Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities) coding, retrieval and analysis terminology

• Performing safety audits of clinical data

• Contributing to the development and training of staff members

The DSA may have a diploma or degree (associate's, bachelor's or above) in medicine, life sciences, pharmacy, nursing or a related discipline. S/he is usually an expert on drug safety and the drug development process. The Drug Safety Associate (DSA) also demonstrates above-average time management, communication, people, analytical and problem-solving skills. S/he may also be familiar with US and international drug safety and pharmacovigilance principles and regulations, MedDRA coding principles, regulatory timeline requirements, submission criteria, technical requirements and/or guidelines of the CIOMS (Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences).

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Soniya Gurg writes content about Clinical research services, Drug safety associate,Clinical research organization,contract research, contract research organisations, contract research company. For more information visit at: http://www.qsi.in/.

 

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