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Reading list

Boyds Training Reading List

Boyds Training is often asked to recommend a book or other reading material that covers the syllabus of Pharmaceutical Medicine and that can help candidates prepare to sit the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine exam. In our experience the modern practice of Pharmaceutical Medicine is constantly being updated and no single reading source fully reflects this. However, as well as updating and refreshing our training programme each year we have compiled a reading list that contains the most important and relevant resources to assist individuals with their training in Pharmaceutical Medicine and to help candidates prepare for the Diploma exam.

General Reading

  • The Textbook of Pharmaceutical Medicine, 7th Edition (ISBN: 9780470659878)
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine (Oxford Specialist Handbook), 1st Edition (ISBN: 9780199609147)
  • How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine, 4th Edition (ISBN: 9781444334364)
  • Dictionary of Pharmaceutical Medicine, 4th Edition (ISBN: 9783319506685)

Non-Clinical Safety Testing

  • ICH M3 (R2) Non-Clinical Safety Studies for the Conduct of Human Clinical Trials and Marketing Authorization for Pharmaceuticals
  • ICH S6 (R1) Pre-Clinical Safety Evaluation of Biotechnology-Derived Pharmaceuticals

Clinical Pharmacology

  • Guidelines for Phase 1 Clinical Trials, ABPI 2018
  • Guideline on Strategies to Identify and Mitigate Risks for FIH Clinical Trials with IMPs, CHMP 2017
  • Expert Scientific Group on Phase One Clinical Trials, Final Report 2006
  • Pharmacokinetics Made Easy, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9780070285279)
  • Textbook of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 5th Edition (ISBN: 9780340900468)
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Questions for Self-Assessment, 3rd Edition (ISBN: 9780340947432)
  • First in Human Studies, ABPI 2011
  • Guideline on Strategies to Identify & Mitigate Risks for First-in-Human & Early Clinical Trials with Investigational Medicinal Products, EMA 2017
  • High-Yield™ Cell & Molecular Biology, High Yield Series, 3rd Edition

Medicines Regulation

  • Targeted Regulatory Writing Techniques: Clinical Documents for Drugs and Biologics (ISBN: 9783764383619)

Drug Safety

  • Good Pharmacovigilance Practice Guide, MHRA 2008 (ISBN: 9780853698340)
  • Safer Medicines, The Academy of Medical Sciences 2005

Statistics and Data Management

  • ICH E9 Statistical Principles for Clinical Trials
  • Statistical Thinking for Non-Statisticians in Drug Regulation, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 9781118470947)

Clinical Development

  • Clinical Research Manual 2017 Edition, Euromed Communications
  • Declaration of Helsinki, World Medical Association 2013
  • Medical Ethics Manual 3rd Edition, World Medical Association 2015
  • EU Clinical Trials Directive 2001; replaced by the EU Clinical Trials Regulation 2014
  • EU Commission Directive 2005/28/EC
  • ICH E6(R2) Guideline for Good Clinical Practice
  • UK Clinical Trial Regulations (SI 2014 No. 536)
  • Good Clinical Practice for Clinical Trials, MHRA 2014

Healthcare Marketplace

  • Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry, ABPI 2016
  • Adapting the Innovation Landscape, ABPI 2015
  • Securing a Future for Innovative Medicines, ABPI 2014

Bookings & Further Information:

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