The course is designed to deliver students sufficient understanding of physicochemical, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties related to drug structure, aiming at improving future collaboration abilities with other health care providers. The course illustrates the impact of chemical structure on biological aspects, of certain drug classes including those used to treat pain, inflammation and arthritis, opioid analgesics and antagonists, drugs affecting immune system (antihistamines and H2-receptor antagonists), calcium homeostasis, steroids and related drugs, in addition to drugs used to treat neuromuscular disorders. Anti-parasites, antifungal and anti-infective agents are likewise included. The practical part of the course promotes students professionalism through taking responsibility for their proper decisions.
Pre-requisite: PHAR 363