FARM5140 – Sports pharmacy and anti-doping

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course offers an introduction to the use of medicines for athletes and its relation to the anti-doping rules. It will focus on the role of pharmacists to avoid doping violations, as a result of either intended or inadvertent doping. 

Learning outcome

After completing the course

  • you will have knowledge about the role and responsibility of medical support personnel related to the administration of drugs to athletes and to the role of pharmacists in the prevention of doping
  • you will have knowledge about the anti-doping rules (World Anti-Doping Code, International standards, national rules) and national and international anti-doping work
  • you will have knowledge about WADAs prohibited list, therapeutic use exemption and the Norwegian drug search database, and how to use this knowledge to advice athletes in correct use of drugs
  • you will have knowledge about common diagnoses amongst athletes and treatment of these, included pain management, anti-inflammatory drugs, asthma treatment, hormonal treatment and the use of stimulating drugs including drugs of abuse
  • you will have knowledge about doping analysis, including procedures, methods and result management, and dosing of drugs considering the prohibited list and doping analysis
  • you will have knowledge about the use of dietary supplements, and the use of this knowledge to do risk assessments, and prevention of doping both in sport and the society.

Admission to the course

The course is primarily open to students who have been admitted to the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Oslo. If there is space available then others may also apply to take the course as long as their academic background is adequate.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

For students admitted to the 5-year Master`s Program in Pharmacy until and including 2016 and who have been transferred from the old study plan, separate formal prerequisite knowledge apply. These are in professional compliance with the formal prerequisite knowledge that apply to the course, but may be replaced by courses from the old study plan, as well as transitional courses. Students on transitional arrangements may contact the study administration for å complete overview of the formal prerequisite knowledge required.

The course is only available to students who have passed their pharmacy apprenticeship and have passed all previous pharmacy courses or have the equivalent academic background.


The program consist of 17 lectures, 13 student-active teaching lessons (case discussions, quizzes) and participation as an observer on a doping control.

Compulsory participation in the course must be completed and mandatory submissions must be approved to pass the exam.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Compulsory participation and approved assignments are valid for 3 years.

The course may be cancelled if the enrolled number of students are low.


Final written digital exam, 4 hours, which counts 100 % towards the finale grade. 

Examination support material

Students may use any aids they require.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. English on request.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 26, 2021 1:10:57 PM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)