Lesson Two:

Absorption & Distribution


In this lesson, we introduce the processes of Absorption and, Distribution (and will continue in the next lesson to cover, Metabolism and Excretion)

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the processes of absorption and distribution of drugs

  • Define bioavailability and bioequivalence

  • Define volume of distribution

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Objective 1: Pharmacokinetics, Absorption & Bioavailability, Distribution

1.1 Watch ALL of the following presentations :

Additional Resources:

Enjoy the short video clip below:


You can view a pre-recorded tutorial of this lesson here: [ Video ] [ Audio ]

Please note that there are several useful resources available on the internet describing these concepts:​

Recommended books

Rang, H.P., Dale, M.M., Ritter, J.M., Flower, R.J. and Henderson, G. (2007) Rang & Dale’s pharmacology. 6th edn. Pennsylvania: Churchill Livingstone.
Rowland M, Tozer TN:  Clinical Pharmacokinetics: Concepts and Applications.  4th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2011.