Pharmacological Principle: Drug absorption and bioavailability

This pillar-based pharmacology learning module uses drugs commonly employed in cardiovascular medicine to illustrate the pharmacokinetic principle of bioavailability. Using a clinical case example, it explores how changes in drug absorption affect pharmacologic action.

Learning objectives for this Activity:

By the end of this module, you will be able to:
Review elements of the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure

Describe factors affecting drug bioavailability

Apply drug information programs/databases to quickly access pharmacokinetic information key to management

Explain the importance of IV formulations to avoid problems with bioavailability in emergency situations

Access drug dosing recommendations through drug programs

Recognize the potential for drug interactions to alter drug bioavailability

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