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


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

Postgraduate supervision

Anthony Cox is interested in supervising doctoral research in the following areas:

Pharmaceutical care
Clinical pharmacy
Medicines adherence
Drug safety


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.

Other activities

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


Recent publications


O’Donovan, B, Rodgers, RM, Cox, AR & Krska, J 2022, 'Identifying and managing ADRs: Qualitative analysis of patient reports to the UK Yellow Card Scheme', British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bcp.15263

Sandhu, D, Antolin, A, Cox, A & Jones, AM 2021, 'Identification of different side effects between PARP inhibitors and their polypharmacological multi-target rationale', British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bcp.15015

Cox, AR & Ferner, R 2021, 'Tramadol: repeated prescriptions and repeated warnings', BMJ evidence-based medicine. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjebm-2020-111661

Alshahrani, F, Marriott, J & Cox, A 2020, 'A qualitative study of prescribing errors among multi-professional prescribers within an e-prescribing system', International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11096-020-01192-0

Rosenbloom, C, Morley, F, Ahmed, I & Cox, A 2020, 'Oral non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drug use in recreational runners participating in Parkrun UK: Prevalence of use and awareness of risk', International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpp.12646

O’Donovan, B, Rodgers, RM, Cox, A & Krska, J 2019, 'Development and preliminary validation of an instrument to enable laypersons to assess suspected side effects from medicines', Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 1023-1031. https://doi.org/10.1002/pds.4841

O' Donovan, B, Rodgers, RM, Cox, AR & Krska, J 2019, 'Making medicines safer: analysis of patient reports to the UK's Yellow Card Scheme', Expert Opinion on Drug Safety, vol. 18, no. 12, pp. 1237-1243. https://doi.org/10.1080/14740338.2019.1669559

Ferner, R & Cox, A 2019, 'Preventing future deaths from medicines: responses to coroners' concerns in England and Wales', Drug Safety, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 445–451. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40264-018-0738-z, https://doi.org/https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40264-018-0738-z

O’Donovan, B, Rodgers, RM, Cox, A & Krska, J 2019, 'Use of information sources regarding medicine side effects among the general population: a cross-sectional survey', Primary Health Care Research & Development, vol. 20, e153, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423619000574

O’Donovan, B, Rodgers, RM, Cox, AR & Krska, J 2019, '‘You feel like you haven’t got any control’: a qualitative study of side effects from medicines', Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 13-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/2516043518821499


Medani, AR, Cox, A & Jalal, Z 2020, 'Adherence to oral anticoagulants among atrial fibrillation patients in the middle east: a systematic review', International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, vol. 28, no. S1, pp. 51-52. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpp.12607


Rudgard, WE, Hirsch, C & Cox, A 2018, 'Amateur endurance athletes’ use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: a cross-sectional survey', International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpp.12469

Other chapter contribution

Jalal, Z, Cox, A, Goel, N, Vaitha, N, King, K & Ward, J 2019, Communications skills in the pharmacy profession: a cross sectional survey of registered pharmacists and pharmacy educators. in Special Issue: Abstracts of Papers Presented at the Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference, 8–9 April 2019, Birmingham, UK. S2 edn, vol. 27, International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Wiley, pp. 20-21, Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 8/04/19. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpp.12532

Other contribution

Medani, AR, Cox, A & Jalal, Z 2019, Adherence to oral anticoagulants for treatment of atrial fibrillation in the Middle East: a systematic review. PROSPERO.

Review article

Alruqayb, WS, Price, MJ, Paudyal, V & Cox, AR 2021, 'Drug-related problems in hospitalised patients with chronic kidney disease: a systematic review', Drug Safety, vol. 44, no. 10, pp. 1041–1058. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40264-021-01099-3

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