This course will encompass a walk through the Package Leaflet (PL) found inside every medication pack, bringing it to life with examples drawn from the chemistry, pharmacology, clinical science and pharmaceutics of a wide range of medicines. You'll be introduced to how drugs are handled in the body, their actions at cell receptors, and the potential mechanisms for drug interactions. We'll look at experiments designed to answer key questions: does this medicine work, is it safe, and is its quality reliable? We'll see how data are analysed and interpreted to provide the unequivocal evidence required by government regulators before approving a medication. We'll look at the link between the PL and the prescribing information for your GP, and how both are derived from reports and publications of scientific and clinical drug development. This should enable you to appreciate the diversity, complexity and patient-focused science underpinning this relatively simple document.
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