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Does Your Drug Expertise Include Clinical Pharmaceutics?

Author(s):  Newton David W

Issue:  May/Jun 2016 - Volume 20, Number 3
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Abstract:  Whose job is it to protect patients from harm from drug instabilities and incompatibilities and other aspects of clinical pharmaceutics? Pharmacists are better educated via multiple required general and organic chemistry prerequisite and professional curricula medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics courses. Therefore, no healthcare professional other than pharmacists are nicknamed drug experts or are better formally educated to master drug chemistry in the bottle (i.e., injection stability and compatibility/incompatibility clinical pharmaceutics) as a prerequisite for drug administration to cause safe and effective drug chemistry in the body (i.e., clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacology). To be a patient’s last chance for safe and effective drug therapy requires terminal control by pharmacists over identification, retrieval, preparation, labeling, and counseling or instruction of drug therapy.

Related Keywords: David W. Newton, BS Pharm, PhD, FAPhA, Professor, drug safety, stability, compatibility, incompatibility, Trissel's Handbook on Injectable Drugs, clinical pharmaceutics, drug information, applied clinical chemistry, drug admixtures, drug interactions, salts of organic drugs, refrigeration, temperature, medicinal chemistry

Related Categories: PARENTERALS, STABILITIES, COMPATIBILITIES, CASE REPORTS, ADVERSE DRUG EVENTS, PROFESSIONAL ISSUES, INFORMATION RESOURCES

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