Pharmaceutical Medicine is the medical specialty which encompasses the discovery, development, evaluation and licensing of medicines together with their marketing and monitoring of safe use in clinical practice. Pharmaceutical medicine shares some common themes with clinical pharmacology, but has unique features including the extensive clinical research aspects of drug development, licensing procedures of medicines and monitoring of their safety profile in clinical practice. It includes the provision of accurate and timely medical and technical information to assist healthcare professionals and patients in the appropriate use of medicines and the implementation of regulatory compliance throughout the lifecycle of a medicine. (RCPI – November 2013)

Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training, RCPI

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