Medicines and driving: what can we advise?

Saturday 3 October 2015
A5*     Session accredited under ACPE, UAN: 0579-0000-15-004-L04-P (3.0 contact hours)

Organised by the FIP Health and Medicines Information Section 


The use of psychotropic medicines can impair driving a motor vehicle, a complex task that requires the possession of sufficient cognitive, visual and motor skills. The assessment of whether a patient is medically fit to drive can be addressed by physicians when evaluating patients’ medical conditions (e.g. neurological disorders), as well as the impact of potential adverse effects from prescribed medicines. Under most circumstances, patients will obtain their prescribed medications from pharmacists who, similar to physicians, have a responsibility to provide the patient with information as how to use the medication safely. This session will evaluate the outcomes of an extensive European project (DRUID: and discuss the development and use of prescribing and dispensing guidelines, with a specific focus on medicines and driving. Furthermore, presenters will focus on effective risk communication to patients who drive.

Learning objectives

Knowledge-based session

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of medicines which impair driving on traffic safety.
  2. Endorse prescribing and dispensing guidelines for medicines and driving fitness.
  3. Adopt the categorisation system for medicines which affect fitness to drive.
  4. Explain the role of the pharmacist in establishing standards to communicate risk concerning medicines that impair driving in patient safety.
  5. Demonstrate the use of pictograms in risk communication to patients.

Chairs: Han de Gier (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and Parisa Aslani (The University of Sydney, Australia)


14:30 1) Medicines and driving: an introduction
Han de Gier (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

14:50 2) Categorisation and labelling system for medicines and driving fitness
Javier Alvarez (University of Valladolid, Spain)

15:15 3) Prescribing and dispensing guidelines
Charles Mercier-Guyon (University of Grenoble, France)

15:40 Break

16:15 4) Evaluation of training and ICT support for patient counselling by pharmacists
Alain Verstraete (University of Gent, Belgium)

16:40 5) Risk communication in medicines and driving by using pictograms
Han de Gier (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

17:05 6) Discussion session – examples from the audience