Pharmacodynamic mechanism, i.e., drug-receptor interactions provide quantitative information that is the basis for determining efficacy, potency, and toxicity of drugs. Pharmacokinetic processes determine the ability of a drug to cross biological membranes, reach its target tissue, and to maintain steady-state concentrations at its site of action. Key points for practice to ensure effective and safe pharmacotherapy, including prescription writing, are presented.
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Syllabus: Clinical Pharmacology – A Review for Oral Healthcare Providers
The information in this 13-module syllabus is intended (1) to meet academic requirements for Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, and Dental Assistant Students related to clinical pharmacology; (2) to provide a framework for an in-service training program in oral healthcare settings; and (3) to serve as a resource for oral healthcare personnel wishing to review evidence-based information on specific topics related to clinical pharmacology. A PDF is also available for each of the modules that may serve as a convenient chairside resource.
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