Issue : 13 November 2007
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Blood pressure management seriesSubscription
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Adverse drug reactions and interactionsSubscription
The decision to use medicines to treat or prevent ill health is a matter of balancing risk and benefit and must take account of the efficacy of the drug, the likelihood of adverse reactions developing as a consequence of its use and their potential seriousness.
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The way in which a drug behaves in the body over time is known as its pharmacokinetic profile. This describes the way in which the drug is absorbed, distributed around the body, metabolised and excreted, once it has been administered.
The management of clinical risk has particular relevance for practitioners involved in the preparation and administration of medicines as there is an increasing trend towards litigation in cases of error.
Compliance and concordanceSubscription
When medicines are administered in hospital there is a high degree of certainty that medicines are given to or taken by the patient for whom they are intended. In the community, however, such certainties do not exist, and one of the major drawbacks of our reliance on pharmacotherapy in treating ill health is that, either intentionally or unintentionally, a high proportion of patients do not take or use their medicines in the way that is intended.
In recent years a number of key events have highlighted the dangers associated with inaccurate administration of medicines. The death of a patient in 2001 due to the inadvertent administration of vincristine via the intrathecal route prompted a range of activities coordinated at national level to improve the safety of patients prescribed intrathecal chemotherapy.
The administration of medicinesSubscription
The administration of a medicine is a common but important clinical procedure.
Key Questions - Non-medical PrescribingSubscription
Fiona Peniston-Bird, consultant on the development and implementation of non-medical prescribing. What is supplementary prescribing?