Drugs and Laboratory Parameters

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Atlasbooks Dist Serv, 2011 - Medical - 200 pages
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Even if clinical and laboratory parameters can be considered as predictors for ADRs, the possibility of a drug-related variation of blood tests is seldom taken into consideration. This easy-to-read book will help physicians in the routine interpretation of laboratory results, drawing their attention to the possibility that abnormal laboratory results may be drug related. The book describes the most common variations (increase/decrease) of blood parameters that can be caused by drug intake. Functions of each blood parameter are schematically reported, together with its standard blood concentration and a list of the most common diseases for whose diagnosis that test is performed. Active principles that can cause an increase or a decrease of that parameter are then listed."

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Achille Patrizio Caputi is a full professor of clinical pharmacology, and director of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Department of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Messina. He is a past president of the Italian Society of Pharmacology. He is the author of more than three hundred articles published in international peer-reviewed journals, concerning pharmacovigilance, drug use, and inflammatory pathogenic mechanisms. He is medical director of the website www.farmacovigilanza.org (the Italian reference website for pharmacovigilance), as well as a member of the scientific boards of private and public foundations.

Giuseppina Fava is with the Department of Pharmacology, University of Messina, Italy. A toxicologist with a master's in bioethics, she has worked for many years in clinical pharmacology and patient safety, with special attention to pharmacovigilance, phytotherapy, and drug-induced interference in laboratory testing.

Nicholas Moore is with the Department of Pharmacology, University of Bordeaux, France.

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