The liver is an important organ for many functions of the body. It is where a wide variety of compounds are synthesised, including bile, clotting factors, hormones, cholesterol and triglycerides, albumin, glycogen to store glucose, and many more. It also has important metabolic functions, breaking down hormones such as insulin and oestrogen, as well as many waste products such as ammonia and bilirubin to allow their excretion.

Many of these actions determine the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of medicines. As a result, changes in liver function can have significant implications for how we use medicines. In this module you'll review the normal functioning of the liver and how this changes when a patient has liver dysfunction. You'll also look at how to use medicines safely and effectively in this patient group.

Accreditation number for this module: S2019/99

This module has been accredited for 1 hour of Group-1 CPD (or 1 CPD credit) or 1 hour of Group-2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of the module's Test yourself multiple choice questions, suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan.