Classify calcium channel antagonists and give one example of each class (30% of marks).

Describe the pharmacology of Nimodipine including important drug interactions (70% of marks). 

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College Answer

The classification was done well. Most candidates demonstrated that they had a structure for a “drug” question, but were often challenged to fill in the detail of that structure and failed to deliver enough content to secure a pass. Many candidates wrote a generic answer for calcium channel blockers instead of the specifics of nimodipine. 
 
Frequently the pharmacokinetic data recounted was incorrect. Candidates failed to distinguish between absorption and bioavailability. The difference between oral and intravenous dosing was often omitted. Few answered the section on important drug interactions.