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Drug Utilisation and Drug Safety

The Drug Utilisation and Drug Safety Unit forms the interface between the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacoepidemiology and those Departments of the Heidelberg University Hospital that provide health care. With special regard to the implementation of an individualized, effective and safe drug therapy for inpatients and ambulatory settings (personalized and individualized medicine), the primary aim is to support the physicians in charge of the patients' care.





Prof. David Czock, MD

Scientific staff:Günter Seyffart, MD
Visiting scientist:

Prof. Ingeborg Walter-Sack, MD

Doctoral student:

Johanna Bollmann, cand. med.
Malalai Haruni, cand. med.


Drug information:         

Physicians and pharmacists of the department




The unit provides clinical advice to all health care professionals involved in the patients' care at the University Hospital and the associated teaching institutions. The staff members regularly participate in ward rounds and provide a specialised drug information service for physicians.

Research activities

  • Development of computer-based decision support systems consisting of several evidence based modules with the objective to optimise drug therapies (e.g. drug dose adjustment in renal impairment)
  • Evaluation and validation of these systems for use in in- and out-patient settings
  • Drug studies in patients
  • PK-PD modelling

Drug Information Service

Electronic internet based information supporting dose adjustment in renal failure is available through DOSING (www.dosing.de). This component offers information for approximately 800 different drugs.


  • Departments of Internal Medicine I to VII, Heidelberg University Hospital
  • Nierenzentrum Heidelberg, Heidelberg
  • Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Aging research, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg
  • Medical Department, Division of Nephrology, University Hospital Ulm
  • Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, University of Saarland, Homburg
  • European Medicines Agency (EMA), London
  • Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden



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