Pharmacology Problem Sets

David H. Farb, Ph.D.
Department Chair of Pharmacology
Boston University School of Medicine

There are six Programmed Problem Sets, which you can access by clicking below.

  1. Pharmacokinetics of Chloramphenicol
  2. Agents Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System
  3. General Anesthetics
  4. Antibiotics
  5. Cardiovascular Drugs
  6. Pharmacological Emergencies

These programmed problem sets in Pharmacology have three major purposes:

  1. To help you review material you have already learned about an important class of drugs, and to help you determine what additional study and learning would be useful to your better understanding of the pharmacology of agents in the class.
  2. To reinforce your understanding and use of the technical vocabulary of pharmacology and therapeutics.
  3. To give you practice in solving pharmacologic problems.

These programs are not intended to provide comprehensive reviews of the topics covered, nor is it intended that your use of the programs will be an alternative to your use of your textbook, lecture notes, hand-outs, etc., for study. Rather, the programs are supplements to other methods of study. You may wish to use study materials, such as your textbook, while you use the programs, and you may wish to take notes that will help you plan additional study and review as you work through each problem.


Each program begins with the presentation of introductory material and data relevant to the rest of the program. When you finish reading the introductory material you will be directed to consider the first of a series of ” Items.” The items are cast in the form of ” multiple-choice” questions; they are numbered with Roman numerals and arranged consecutively.

After you’ve read an item, select an appropriate response from the list of choices given. Clicking on a particular choice will present you with an individualized “Comment” which will tell you whether or not your choice was correct and provide an explanation. The appropriate comment for your response will always appear immediately below the selected choice.

In addition, within the questions and comments, there exist certain pharmacologic terms and symbols which are underlined. Clicking on these words or symbols will direct you to their definitions within the Glossary of Terms and Symbols Used in Pharmacology. Access the online glossary directly.

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