Optimising the absorption of medicines
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Optimising the absorption of medicines

Jodie Coulson Lecturer in Prescribing and Medicines Optimisation, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To improve your understanding of the mechanisms of medicine absorption

  • To explore the numerous pharmacokinetic factors that affect medicine absorption

  • To understand the safety parameters of the prescription and administration of medicines

The speed and extent of medicine absorption in the human body are affected by numerous interrelated pharmacokinetic factors. To maximise therapeutic benefit and ensure patient safety, nurses require an optimal understanding of these factors. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has established four principles of medicines optimisation that healthcare professionals should follow. This article discusses the pharmacokinetic factors that affect medicine absorption. It also examines the four principles of medicines optimisation and how nurses can use these to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines.

Nursing Standard. 35, 7, 61-66. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11479

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Coulson J (2020) Optimising the absorption of medicines. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2020.e11479

Published online: 29 June 2020

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