Drug safety associates are responsible for performing a wide variety of tasks related to drug safety. They are in charge of reviewing and evaluating adverse events related to use of pharmaceutical drugs, serving as a point of contact for stakeholders on safety activities, and identifying safety signals. They are also in charge of answering questions from health workers, partners, and others, as well as ensuring compliance throughout the program with reporting requirements related to adverse events; this information must be passed along to entities such as relevant authorities, review boards, investigators, and drug producers. Drug safety associates typically work full time during regular business hours, but additional and/or alternative hours may be required depending on the needs of their organization and specific projects.
Common requirements for drug safety associate positions include three or more years of relevant experience and a bachelor's degree in biological science. Other requirements may include experience with the drug safety databases Argus or ARISg, as well as experience with basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite. Familiarity with medical terminology, good communication and multitasking skills, and the ability to work in a team setting are also vital to success in the drug safety associate position.
Drug Safety Associate Tasks
Read source documents such as drug case data sheets, and enter data in specific data fields, using keyboards or scanners.
Scan and store completed documents in appropriate locations.
Reconcile and verify the accuracy of data before it is entered.