Drug Safety Department Is The Emergency Room

How are you contributing through your work at Roche to help patients?

As the old saying goes, every medicine is somewhat toxic. Each drug has some adverse reactions. My duty is to analyze the drug safety data collected worldwide and make corresponding risk management strategies. Meanwhile, I have to actively communicate with all stakeholders and finally help our patients use Roche’s drugs in a safe and effective way.

What is the most challenging part of your job or about working at Roche in general?

“The drug safety department is the emergency room of pharmaceutical companies.”

When a drug safety problem arises, whether it is attributed to the drug itself or other processes, the drug safety department will immediately respond to it. All the employees in the department will get access to data, find out the cause, write report and race against time to minimize the possible damage to patients. 

Have you seen the result of your work reflected in helping patients?

“Pay attention to drug safety means paying attention to the patient's’ medication safety.”

In the drug safety field the most famous case is that the U.S. FDA refused to approve thalidomide (Immunoprin®, a new drug that could effectively alleviate the reactions of early pregnancy) for marketing and distribution due to inadequate drug safety information about the drug, which prevented the births of a large number of thalidomide babies.

Please complete the following sentence:

Roche is a great place to work because we pay true attention on patient’s medication safety.

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