Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Provides students with an understanding of the methods used to measure consumption, beneficial and adverse effects, and cost-effectiveness of drugs in communities; research design and skills are used to appraise epidemiological research and clinical trial design.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the techniques used to measure medicinal drug consumption;

2. Understand the factors that influence the prescribing and consumption of medicinal drugs;

3. Understand the methods used to measure beneficial and adverse effects of drugs in the community;

4. Be able to correctly interpret data on drug consumption and effects;

5. Understand the techniques used in measuring the cost-effectiveness of drugs; and

6. Be able to correctly interpret pharmacoeconomic data and understand how cost- effectiveness data can be used to set drug prices and control drug budgets.


  1. Drug utilisation studies, international measures of drug consumption;
  2. International comparisons of drug consumption, the impact of socio-economic factors and pharmaceutical industry actions on prescribing and consumption of medicinal drugs;
  3. Measuring efficacy of drugs by randomized and non-randomised studies, biostatistical measures of drug use and effects;
  4. Logic of cohort and case-control studies of adverse effects, voluntary adverse reaction reports and their interpretation, measuring the costs and outcomes of community drug use;
  5. Cost-minimisation, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis, evidence-based medicine and pharmacoeconomic analysis, using pharmacoeconomic analyses to make formulary decisions and set prices; and
  6. Reference pricing, evidence-based procurement techniques in drug program management.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.

Assumed knowledge

PHAR6006 OR PHAR6133 Pharmacotherapeutics 1

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: formal

Written Assignment: Two written assignments

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Professional Development Tutorial Points

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Modules