General Principles of Toxicology: A Review for Pharmacists

About the Course:
Toxicology has been described in literature for thousands of years. In the year 1230, the word “poison” first appeared in the literature and was defined as a potion or draught that was prepared with deadly ingredients. Since then, poisons and toxicology have remained an important part of history. From intentional poisoning-related deaths to the significant increase in deaths related to drug abuse and overdose, toxicology remains a relevant topic in medicine today. This course will review general principles of toxicology as well as toxidromes and agents of toxicity. It includes specific discussion regarding antidotes and treating toxicologic emergencies with a focus on pharmacologic therapy.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe general principles of toxicology. 
  • Select the most appropriate antidote for a patient presenting with overdose.
  • Assess patient characteristics to determine the toxidrome for the presenting patient.
  • Evaluate patient cases to recommend appropriate therapy for patients presenting with toxicological emergencies.
  • Choose appropriate monitoring parameters to incorporate into treatment plans for overdose situations.

About the Author:
Brittany Reed, PharmD is a critical care pharmacist currently practicing in the neuroscience intensive care unit.  She attended West Virginia University for pharmacy school, where she graduated in 2014.  Thereafter, she completed two years of residency, a PGY1 in pharmacy practice and a PGY2 in critical care.  Both residency years were completed at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV.  Professionally, she is also board certified in both pharmacotherapy and critical care.  

How to receive credit:
  • A minimum test score of 75% is needed to obtain a credit.

Activity Type - Knowledge-based

Target Audience - Pharmacists, Pharmacists Technicians


  • Contact hours will be awarded through the expiration date.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and have your record of completion submitted through CPE Monitor and to the NABP.
  • Through our review process, Colibri Healthcare, LLC ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Colibri Healthcare, LLC's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.


Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. (Provider #0607).