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Pharm Terms ch1

TermDefinition
Pharmacology study of medicine
Therapeutics prevention of disease and treatment of suffering
Pharmacotherapy application of drugs for the purpose of treating diseases and alleviating human suffering
Drug chemical agent capable of producing biologic responses within the body
Medication Once a drug is administered, it is called this
Biologics agents naturally produced in animal cells, by microorganisms, or by the body itself
CAM therapies involve natural plant extracts, herbs, vitamins, mineral, dietary supplements, and additional techniques outside of the realm of conventional techniques
Therapeutic classification a drug's therapeutic usefulness in treating a particular disease or disorder
Pharmacologic classification the way a drug works at the molecular, tissue, or body system level
Mechanism of action how a drug produces its physiological effect in the body
Chemical name assigned by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) - can help determine the substance's physical and chemical properties
Generic name assigned by the U.S. Adopted Name Council - less complicated and easier to remember, often what is used to describe the medication - usually lowercase
Trade name assigned by the company marketing the drug
Combination drug contains more than one active ingredient - usually capitalized
Bioavailability physiological ability of the drug to reach its target cells and produce its effect
Pharmacoeconomics subdiscipline of health economics broadening application of a drug therapy
 

 



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