Dose and administration
Questions about the use of medicines and methods of administration including in special populations (e.g pregnancy, breastfeeding, neonates, renal impairment, enteral feeding tubes, nil by mouth)
Adverse drug reactions, drug interactions and toxicity
Advice about identifying, preventing and managing medicine-related harm.
Advice on how to obtain medicines, manage supply shortages and source imported medicines.
Choice of therapy
The selection of medicines in a particular disease or for a particular patient and advice about contraindications or precautions.
Identification of medicines including foreign drugs, drugs in development, and tablet identification.
Compatibility, dose modification, stability, quality control, formulation, excipients, biopharmaceutics.
Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
Therapeutic drug monitoring, absorption, metabolism and elimination profile, mechanism of action, adverse effects and interactions.
Requests for general information about a medicine or a comparison of similar medicines.
Complementary and alternative medicines
Identification, evidence for safety and efficacy, effect on disease states and interaction with conventional medicines and treatments such as surgery and radiotherapy.
Identification, safety and interactions.
Questions about the law relating to medicines and prescribing, e.g. prescribing of restricted substances.
Many enquiries will include multiple questions and encompass more than one of the categories above.