Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics

Clinical pharmacologists and therapeutics (CPT) are doctors who prescribe drug treatments to prevent and inhibit disease and relieve pain in patients with complex therapeutic problems. 

They participate in creating prescribing guidelines, assessing new products and carrying out drug trials and research to develop improved treatments. This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

Nature of the work

Clinical pharmacologists are also closely involved in clinical and drug regulatory practice, education and research to promote the effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness of drug treatment. At the local level they may participate in drug and therapeutics committees, research ethics committees and formulary committees. They use the British National Formulary which is an essential source of information on the selection and use of medicines. Clinical pharmacologists also use the Yellow Card scheme to report suspected problems to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) . Some CPT consultants are active at the national level on key bodies such as:

Common procedures/interventions

Common procedures and interventions include:


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