University of Wisconsin–Madison

Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics (PK-PD)

A flask filtered on molecule design and other lab equipment for PK-PD calculationsThis course helps pharmaceutical scientists get well versed in the details of PK-PD. Two important terms in drug development are “pharmacokinetics” (PK) and “pharmacodynamics” (PD).  

Pharmacokinetics (PK) describes what a body does to a drug. How does it break the drug down? Is the drug broken down too fast or too slow? Is the drug available where needed? Is the drug eliminated too soon? Does it stay around too long?

Pharmacodynamics (PD) describes what the drug does to the body. Does the drug work as intended? Are there any unwanted side effects? Is there any toxic impact?

It is important to address these questions when developing a new drug. You will learn the foundations of PK-PD  through basic mathematical equations. Practical examples from actual experimental data will illustrate concepts.

Upon completion, you will develop a broad PK-PD vocabulary. You will improve your communication with PK-PD scientists and foster efficient teamwork.
This course is an elective in the Drug Product Development Certificate. Take the course as is or to fulfill the elective requirement. Scientists interested in improving their PK-PD understanding should take this course.

Developed & Conducted by the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

There are no current offerings of this course

Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Program Coordinator

Eric Buxton, PhD

Division of Pharmacy Professional Development
777 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 262-2431 FAX
(608) 265-2259

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