91113 General Pharmacology

Course Description

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge in pharmacology. In this course emphasizes the principles of individualization of drug therapy and is placed on drug groups and prototypes in general. A brief introduction on the basic principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and Chemotherapy of infections are discussed in relation to different drug group. Mechanism of action and drug adjustment according to drug metabolism are also emphasized and covers the following relevant topics: Introduction to General Pharmacology, Acting drugs on: (gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, diuretics, autacoids, autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, analgesics, respiratory system, endocrine system, uterus) and antimicrobial drugs .

Learning Objective

  • At the end of the course the student should be able to:
  • 1. Understand pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics principles involved in the use of drugs
  • 2. Understand and identify the various factors that can affect the action of drugs
  • 3. Know the various routes of drug administration with advantages and disadvantages of the various routes
  • 4. Undertake dosage calculations as appropriate for the patient and be able to select the proper drug and dose for the at risk population i.e. patients with kidney or liver disease, elderly, pregnant and lactating females, and children.
  • 5. Understand the importance of rational prescribing of drugs and the concept of essential drugs
  • 6. Know the drugs used in systemic illnesses, infections and chemotherapy etc. with main mechanism(s) of action, pharmacokinetics, uses, side-effects and indications
  • 7. Understand the principles and practice of pharmacy
  • 8. Understand the methods in experimental pharmacology, principles of bioassay and be able to correlate drug effects with the action of drugs at the receptors.
  • 9. Have knowledge of common drugs and doses used for different ailments
  • 10. Have an understanding of basic mechanism by which a drug acts
  • 11. Should be able to select rationally from the available drugs



Books for this Course

  • Basic and Clinical Pharmacology by Katzung, 10th Ed., Mc Graw-Hill.
  • Pharmacology by Champe and Harvey, 2nd Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Essentials of Medical Pharmacology by K. D. Tripathi, 6th Edition.
  • Principles of Pharmacology by H. L. Sharma, K. K. Sharma
  • Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics by R.S. Satoskar, S.D. Bhandarkar and Nirmala N. Rege , revised 20th Edition.
  • Lippia Cots illustrated Review Pharmacology 6th Edition

Times Offered

  • September 2014
  • January 2015