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Drugs in liver disease

Drugs in liver disease specialist advisory service

This service will not be available after July 1st 2011. 

From 1st July 2011 Leeds Medicines Information Service will no longer be providing the specialist advisory service for drugs in liver disease.

After this date the MI team will only signpost callers to the relevant resources below and answer the “What do you do in Leeds?” type of enquiries. They will not be able to answer patient specific enquiries because the individual level of expertise needed for a specialist advisory service will not be maintained.

For guidance and support when answering an enquiry about drugs in liver disease, refer to:

·   The relevant section of the  UKMi Enquiry Answering Guidelines which is available electronically at


·   The relevant section in the UKMi Training Workbook which is available electronically at
http://www.ukmi.nhs.uk/activities/manpowerTraining/default.asp?pageRef=16   (password protected)

·   The UKMi Medicines Q&As

o        Why is the adverse effect profile of a drug important when prescribing for patients with liver disease? which is available at http://www.nelm.nhs.uk/en/NeLM-Area/Evidence/Medicines-Q--A/Why-is-the-adverse-effect-profile-of-a-drug-relevant-when-prescribing-for-patients-with-liver-disease/?query=liver&rank=97

o        What pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic factors need to be considered when prescribing drugs for patients with liver disease? which is available at  http://www.nelm.nhs.uk/en/NeLM-Area/Evidence/Medicines-Q--A/What-pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-factors-need-to-be-considered-when-prescribing-drugs-for-patients-with-liver-disease/?query=liver&rank=92

·   Drugs and the Liver, Ed. Penny North-Lewis (Pharmaceutical Press). This practical guide covers background information on liver function, the principles of drug use in liver disease and includes a section on worked examples of commonly asked questions.

·   Your local gastroenterology and liver transplant pharmacist.

·   Patient-specific transplant centres for enquiries relating to transplantation.