General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Carolina Chabrera Sanz

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Alba Vidal Torres
Lluís Mundet Pons 

Teaching languages

  • Spanish
  • Catalan


Basic skills
  • CB4_That students can convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to an audience, both specialized and non-specialized

Specific skills
  • CE3_Know the different groups of drugs, the principles of their authorization, use and indication and the mechanisms of action of the same

  • CE4_Use of medicines, evaluating the expected benefits and the associated risks and / or effects derived from their administration and consumption

General competencies
  • CG10_Protect the health and well-being of the people, family or groups cared for, ensuring their safety

  • CG1_To be able, in the field of nursing, to give adequate technical and professional attention to the health needs of the people they care for, in accordance with their state of development of the scientific knowledge of each moment and with the levels of quality and safety that are established in the applicable legal and deontological norms

Transversal competences
  • CT 1 Develop the ability to assess inequalities based on sex and gender, to design solutions


The Pharmacology subject aims to introduce second-year nursing students to the knowledge and use of pharmacological strategies for the treatment of patients.

It is intended that the students know the concepts and general principles essential for the pharmacological treatment of the most frequent diseases in the population. Students must know the beneficial and harmful effects of drugs, their mechanism of action, the risk of interaction with other drugs and food, their use in case of poisoning and their main indications as well as contraindications.

The gender perspective will be an aspect that the teaching staff will take into account by making an inclusive and non-sexist use of language and promoting the equal participation of everyone in an inclusive environment both in master classes and in seminar sessions. The different pharmacological responses in both women and men will become visible. Female bibliographic references will be provided in the classroom to the extent that the subject allows it and the full first name of the authors will be used. Regarding the images of the content in the teaching material, the non-perpetuation of stereotypes will be encouraged.


General pharmacology

Introduction to the subject. Basic principles of pharmacology

Origin and composition of drugs

Research and development of new drugs. Pre-clinical, clinical trials and pharmacovigilance

Medicinal forms of common use

Routes of drug administration

Pharmacokinetics: dynamics of absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs

Pharmacodynamics: molecular mechanisms of action of drugs

             Individual drug responses. Pharmacogenetics

             Adverse drug reactions. Allergies and intolerances, toxic effects

             Interactions between drugs and between drugs and food

Endocrine Pharmacology

Blood glucose control: Insulin and hypoglycemics

Thyroid and antithyroid drugs

Pharmacology of the respiratory system


Antitussives, mucolytics and expectorants

Cardiovascular and renal pharmacology


Pharmacology of heart failure


Pharmacology of the digestive tract

Antacids and antiemetics

Drugs for gastric motility disorders

Pharmacotherapy of inflammatory bowel disease

Anti-inflammatory and analgesic

Analgesics, antipyretics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs





Antivirals and antiretrovirals


Autonomic nervous system

            Cholinergics and anticholinergics

            Adrenergic and antiadrenergic

Central nervous system


            Antidepressants and anxiolytics


            Opioids and analgesics

            Antiepileptics and anticonvulsants

            Treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

            Hypnotics and sedatives

Pharmacology of hypercholesterolemia

Treatment of hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis

Hematopoietic system

Anticoagulants, fibrinolytics and antiplatelets

Hematopoietic and antianemic growth factors

Treatments for intoxications



They will consist of 3 two-hour sessions where the different concepts learned during the lectures will be worked on in an applied manner.

The resolution of these will have to be delivered according to the pre-established working groups at the beginning of each session.

Evaluation system

The assessment system for the skills and learning outcomes of this subject includes different assessment activities for Subject 1 - Anatomo-physiopathology:


Evaluation system

Minimum weighting

Maximum weighting

SE1. Exam



SE2. Individual works



SE3. Teamwork



SE4. Classroom participation




A system of quantitative (from 0 to 10) and qualitative (suspended, approved, notable, excellent, honorary registration) is used according to RD 1125/2003.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities means a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

According to UPF regulations, students who have the option of retrieving the subject are those who have obtained a “suspended” grade, which are the only ones that can be modified in the recovery process.

The evaluation system and recovery period are detailed in the Learning Plan available in the virtual classroom at the beginning of the subject.



Castells Molina, Silvia; Hernandez Perez, Margarita. Pharmacology in nursing. 3rd edition. Elsevier, 2012.

Lorenzo, Pedro; Moreno, Alfonso; Lizasoain, Ignacio; Leza, Juan Carlos; Moro, Maria Ángeles, Portolés, Antonio. Velázquez: Basic and clinical pharmacology. 19th edition. Pan American Medicine, 2018.

Ritter, James M; Flower, Rod J; Henderson, Graeme; Loke, Yoon Kong; MacEwan, David; Rang, Humphrey P. Rang and Dale. Pharmacology 9th edition. Elsevier 2020


Armijo, Juan Antonio; Mediavilla, Africa. Human pharmacology. 6th edition, Elsevier Masson, 2014.

Somoza, Beatriz; Cano, Mª Victoria; Guerra, Pedro Enrique. Pharmacology in nursing. Theory and practical cases. Pan American, 2020.