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Guide to using Embase - an international biomedical and pharmaceutical database

What is Pharmacovigilance?

Pharmacovigilance is defined as the science and activities concerned with:

  • Detection (Embase)
  • Assessment (QuosaPV,
  • Understanding and
  • Prevention

of adverse reactions to medicines

The ultimate goal of Phamacovigilance is to improve the safe and rational use of medicines, thereby:

  • Improving patient care and
  • Improving public health

‚Äč   From Slide 3 of Embase for Pharmacovigilance: Search strategy creation and validation 

PV Wizard Essentials

Pharmacovigilance Searching

At the Embase home page select PV Wizard.



The PV Wizard search form, according to Elsevier, leverages the best practices from PICO search form and industry’s representatives, enabling users to build structured comprehensive pharmacovigilance queries and literature monitoring search queries in an easy and fast manner.


PV Wizard search form includes 5 key elements

  • Drug name
  • Alternative drug names
  •  Adverse drug reactions
  • Special conditions
  • Human limits.


For more information about the PV Wizard search form, please click the following links:

  • Guide to using new PV Wizard search form: download now
  • Webinar (including PV Wizard demo) - Best practices for pharmacovigilance and literature monitoring: watch now