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Sampling

Ideally, a drug level would be monitored frequently and consistently, providing the clinician with a detailed pharmacokinetic profile over time.

In reality, serum samples are often measured only during relatively infrequent clinic visits, meaning that many days or weeks may pass before a drug concentration 'snap-shot' is taken. This then requires us to ask: 'when should we collect blood in order to best measure the serum concentration of the drug in question?'