This Online resource was initially developed within the framework of a “Swiss virtual Campus” project, in close collaboration with the CENTEF of the University of Lausanne. The content was subsequently transfered to this platform and complemented by the addition of several new pages. This work was coordinated by the eLearning coordinator of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne.
The following authors contributed to the content: Thierry Buclin, Marie Nicod and Stephan Kellenberger
The following authors contributed to the graphic enhancements: Kenji Martin and Myriam Guidoux.
Definition of pharmacokinetics
Pharmacokinetics describes what the body does to the drug.
The object of pharmacokinetics is the study of the relationship between a dosage regimen and the plasma drug concentration-time profile. The mechanisms that determine this plasma-concentration profile ( absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) are characterized by pharmacokinetic parameters. Diseases, drug interactions, physiological or genetic variations may influence these parameters in a given individual.”