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Pharm Ch 1

What is a drug? Any chemical that has an affect on the processess of a living system
What is pharmacology? study of drugs on living systems
What is clinical pharmacology? Implies it involves humans
What are Pharmacotherapeutics? Use of drugs to diagnose, prevent, treat, or induce pregnancy. THE BEST DRUG FOR A SPECIFIC PATIENT'S ISSUE
What are the properties of an ideal drug? Effectiveness, Safety, Selectivity
What is the therapuetic objective? Provide maximum benefit with minimal harm
What ultimately determines the intensity of the drug response? The concentration of the drug (in its active form) at the site of action in the body.
What are the factors that influence the drug response? Administration, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, individual variations
What are the factors of Administration? Dosage size, route, timing, patient controlled compliance/adherence, hospital staff controlled med errors.
What are Pharmacokinetics? What the body does to the drug
What are the four major processes of pharmacokinetics? Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Excretion
What is Pharmacodynamics? What the drug does to the body once it has reached its site of action
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