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The course provides students with the knowledge of pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, complications, goal of pharmacotherapy, patient education of selected endocrine, malignant and infectious disorders and central nervous system, as well as the knowledge of mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, clinically significant side effects & drug interactions, contraindications and clinical uses of medications used in the treatment of such disorders. Some of the drugs that will be examined include: Drugs for endocrine diseases that affect the thyroid gland, diabetes (type 1 and 2), fertility problems, and osteoporosis Drugs for neurological diseases including seizures, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and psychosis. Drugs that act on bacteria, viruses, fungi, and ones used to treat cancer (chemotherapy)
Pharmacology is the study of drugs. The course will cover the important concepts students need to know about the basis of drug action and the pharmacological basis of therapeutics. The first part of the course will deal with general principles of pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. The second part will focus on systemic pharmacology and will involve discussions of major drug classes as they relate to organ systems or major pathophysiological diseases. Topics include: autonomic drugs, cardiovascular-renal drugs, drugs acting on the blood and drugs used to treat disease of inflammation.