Interactions: Learning outcomes

Last updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to:
  • Describe common mechanisms by which drugs interact.
  • Adopt a practical approach to identifying, managing, and monitoring interactions.
  • Talk to patients about drug interactions.

You can download a PDF of the whole tutorial (without the Learning Exercises) and a one-page summary of key points.

You should allow 90 minutes to complete this tutorial, including the Learning Exercises.


This tutorial is aimed at hospital pre-registration pharmacists, and will help you achieve GPhC performance standards such as these:
  • A1.6  Make decisions which demonstrate clear and logical thought
  • A3.1  Recognise and defines actual or potential problems
  • A3.2  Identify workable options to resolve the problem
  • A3.3  Select the best solution, based on sound analysis and appropriate evidence
  • B1.4  Elicit all relevant information by the use of appropriate questions
  • B1.11  Provide information and advice appropriate to the needs of the recipient(s)

If you are a foundation pharmacist, this tutorial may help you meet competencies from the RPS framework including:
  • 1.4  Selection of the medicine (medicine-medicine, medicine-patient, medicine-disease interactions)
  • 1.7  Monitoring medicine therapy
  • 3.2  Knowledge (drug interactions)
  • 3.3  Analysing information
  • 3.4  Providing information

Continuing professional development

Finally, here are some CPD activities you could consider:

★  Have you ever found it difficult to talk to a doctor about an interaction? If so, reflect on why this was the case. How might you do it better next time?
★  Write up an account of an interaction that you managed in practice and present it as a case study at your work journal club, or as part of your diploma. Highlight how your intervention had an impact on patient care.
★  Sit down with a pharmacist colleague to discuss an interaction that you prevented or managed on your ward. Did your colleague agree with your approach? What did you learn from sharing your experiences?
★  Are there any aspects of this topic that make you feel uncertain, or where you know you need a better understanding? If so, then find a relevant review to read, and write up what you learn as a CPD exercise.