Learning to prescribe is an essential part of medical training. Due to various high profile serious prescribing errors, the GMC have introduced stricter prescribing standards which medical students must meet, and a prescribing exam is soon to be compulsory on all medical programmes. This book helps medical students learn the essentials of safe prescribing practice, and is aimed directly at their needs. It covers all the aspects of prescribing required by the GMC, including principles of prescribing, law and ethics, professional responsibilities, patient communication, at-risk groups, avoiding common errors and what to do when things go wrong.

Adverse Drug Reactions

Adverse Drug Reactions

Adverse drug reactions
Barry Strickland-Hodge

Achieving your Medical Degree

This chapter will help you begin to meet the following requirements of Tomorrow's Doctors (General Medical Council (GMC), 2009):

8.(f) Demonstrate knowledge of drug actions: therapeutics and pharmacokinetics; drug side effects and interactions, including for multiple treatments, long-term conditions and non-prescribed medication; and also including effects on the population, such as the spread of antibiotic resistance.

17. Prescribe drugs safely, effectively and economically.

(g) Detect and report adverse drug reactions.

It will also link to:

Good Medical Practice (GMC, 2013a)


Good Practice in Prescribing and Managing Medicines and Devices (GMC, 2013b), particularly paragraphs 6-11, 44-50 and 53b.

Chapter Overview

Adverse drug events (ADEs), adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and side-effects have a major impact on patients - not only on their recovery time and ...

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