Outline the changes to drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics that occur at term in pregnancy.
Answers framed around absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion performed better. Some brief comments on physiology are required as the basis for pharmacokinetic change, but discussion of physiology that was not then specifically related to pharmacology did not score marks. Specific ‘real life’ examples necessitating change in practice or prescribing were well regarded e.g. reduction in spinal/epidural local anaesthetic dosing. Vague statements about possible or theoretical changes were less well regarded.
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