A major goal of the life sciences industry is to put pharmacological agents into clinical practice. Careers in the pharmaceutical industry require a basic understanding of clinical pharmacology. The course attempts to provide a general framework on which to fit future specialized knowledge encountered during a career in the various biomedical fields. Some of the subjects addressed are: underlying principles of pharmacology and clinical biology, assessing and weighing benefits and risks, how physicians select therapies for a given disorder, how side effects are assessed and dealt with, and how issues of cost and compliance are handled. The emphasis will be on a concepts rather than individual drug details, though representative drugs will be explored in detail. (ALS 437)
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