This course has three important components- pharmacodynamics, microbiology and antimicrobials for common infectious diseases. Studies drug action and the chemical properties, primary pharmacological actions, mechanisms of drug action, routes of administration, disposition, contraindications, adverse reactions, clinically significant drug interactions, and drug disease interaction.
This course centers on over-the-counter medications, herbals/dietary supplements and durable medical supplies commonly encountered in the practice of pharmacy. Students will gain an understanding of: Brand/generic formulations, categories of OTC medicines/devices, advertising strategies employed by pharmaceutical companies, how to read/interpret OTC labels, laws regarding OTC's, when to treat and when to refer along with patient/caregiver communication. The course also includes simulated patient assessment, counseling and workshop.