Dr Anthony R Cox BSc PhD FHEA FRPharmS Clin Dip Pharm

Dr Anthony R Cox

School of Pharmacy
Reader in Clinical Pharmacy and Drug Safety
Head of Education (School of Pharmacy)
Programme Director MPharm

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Anthony is a Reader in Clinical Pharmacy and Drug Safety and part of the executive team at the School of Pharmacy. Anthony has wide experience of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and currently directs the undergraduate MPharm Programme. He is a registered pharmacist.

His research focuses on drug safety, including medication errors, the safe and rational use of medicines, and pharmacovigilance.  He has a specific focus on patient and healthcare professional engagement with pharmacovigilance systems and medicines.  He is also an honorary pharmacovigilance pharmacist at the MHRA's Yellow Card Centre West Midlands.

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  • Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society 2015
  • PG Cert HE 2012
  • FHEA 2012
  • Member of the British Pharmacological Society (& Clinical Section) 2008
  • PhD 2008
  • Clin Dip Pharm 1995
  • MRPharmS 1992
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacy 1991


Anthony Cox graduated with a BSc (Hons) Pharmacy in 1991 from Leicester Polytechnic. After a pre-registration year in the hospital sector, he became a registered pharmacist in 1992, working in the community sector several months.

From 1993, Anthony worked within the major hospitals within the West Midlands in a variety of managerial and clinical roles, including clinical services pharmacist, directorate pharmacist, and pre-registration tutor. In 1995 he completed his Clinical Diploma in Pharmacy at Keele University.

He joined Aston University as a Teacher-Practitioner specialising in cardiology in 1999. After being appointed as a pharmacovigilance Pharmacist at the West Midlands Centre for Adverse Reactions in 2000, he became a Teaching Fellow at Aston University in 2002. In 2008 he was awarded a PhD from Aston University, shortly after being appointed as Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy at Aston in 2009.

In September 2011, he took the exciting opportunity to join the University of Birmingham to help establish the new School of Pharmacy.


  • Pharmacy Post-Graduate Programmes
  • Undergraduate MPharm
  • Non-medical Prescribing

Postgraduate supervision

Anthony is interested in supervising research projects in the following areas:

  • Drug Safety
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Pharmaceutical Care
  • Clinical Pharmacy


Anthony’s central research interest is drug safety in clinical therapeutics, in relation to adverse drug reactions (ADRs), pharmacovigilance, medication errors, and the role healthcare professionals have in the safe use of medicines. Recently, he has focused on the patient experience of adverse drug reactions.

Anthony was recently part of a successful bid to improve junior doctor prescribing.

Optimising prescribing through education.

SCRIPT West Midlands SHA Prescribing Project - Raising Standards of Prescribing Competency in Foundation Year 1.(www.safeprescriber.org

Other activities

Honorary Pharmacovigilance Pharmacist, West Midlands Centre for Adverse Drug Reactions and Yellow Card Centre West Midlands.


Deaths from medicines: a systematic analysis of Coroners’ reports to prevent future deaths. Drug Safety. 2017 doi:10.1007/s40264-017-0588-0

Khan N, Cox AR and Cotton J. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of oral P2Y12 inhibitors during the acute phase of a myocardial infarction: A systematic reviewThrombosis Research 2016;143:141-148

Lorimer S, Cox AR, Langford NJ. A patient’s perspective: the impact of adverse drug reactions on patients and their views on reportingJournal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics 2012;37:148-152

Butt TF, Cox AR, Lewis H, Ferner RE. Patient Experiences of Serious Adverse Drug Reactions and Their Attitudes to Medicines. Drug Safety 2011;34(4):319-328

Cox AR, Anton C, McDowell SE, Marriott JF, Ferner RE. Correlates of spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reactions within primary care: the paradox of low prescribers who are high reporters. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2010;69(5):529-534

Cox AR. Butt TF, Ferner RE. An analysis and comparison of commonly available United Kingdom prescribing resources. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. 2010;35(4):453-464

Anton C, Cox AR, Ferner RE. Targeted follow-up of spontaneous ADR reports to improve follow- up rates by a United Kingdom Regional Adverse Drug Reaction unit. Drug Safety 2009; 32(12):1135-1140

Cox AR. Patient reporting of adverse drug reactions. Pharmacovigilance Review 2009; 3(2): 18-21

Cox AR, Ferner RE. Prescribing errors in diabetes. The British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease. 2009; 9(2): 84-88

Cox AR, Kirkham H. A case study of a graphical misrepresentation: drawing the wrong conclusions about the Measles, Mumps and Rubella virus vaccine. Drug Safety 2007; 30(10):831- 83

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