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The study of what drugs do and how they
Clinical Pharmacology is defined as the
study of drugs in humans.
Therapeutics is the use of drugs to
diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
4 What is a drug?
A drug is any chemical that
can affect living processes. 5 No such thing as a
perfect 6 Reasons for Studying
1. Safely administer medications---nurses are
Safely held by law to be responsible for the drugs
2. Educate clients and caregivers.
3. Manage a therapeutic drug regimen--current drug knowledge is necessary to be
competent in the assessment, diagnosis,
planning, implementation, and evaluation
of the client’s drug therapy.
of 7 Properties of an Ideal Drug---the
***(there is no such thing as a perfect drug) 1. Effectiveness---elicits the responses for which it
---elicits is given---the most important property a drug can
have---US law requires all new drugs must prove
to be effective....
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This document was uploaded on 03/25/2014.
- Spring '14