Eight Drugs a Week, Episode 2 – TDM Across the Universe

Paula and Smita share a favourite Beatle, coinciding with the episode’s theme – and they each provide a wonderful justification for their choice. Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, that is Florian singing our very catchy theme song!


In this episode we hear about:

  • expecting ‘more pitfalls than happiness’ when starting out in establishing a TDM service, and how to navigate this
  • the importance of partnerships and how these steer the direction and success of such services
  • how to safeguard quality in the resource limited setting, and how participating in IATDMCT can help with this
  • the skills required to go beyond the lab, the different professionals that may be involved in TDM and why this means that it can look very different in different parts of the world


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About our guests:

Paula directs the preclinical and clinical pharmacology laboratory at the pediatric hospital Garrahan in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a principal investigator of CONICET, the national science and technology funding body. Paula was the chair of the pharmacometrics committee 2011-2015 and editor of the Compass, 2015-2019. In 2013, Paula was awarded the Victor Armstrong Young Investigator Award.

Smita is Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. She directs the Therapeutic Drug Management program for renal and stem cell transplant patients at a tertiary care hospital in the North India of over 2000 beds. Smita leads the IATDMCT TDM in India seminar series which hosts regular webinars providing TDM education.


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