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Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions
by Christine M. Thorp

Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions covers the pharmacology necessary for accredited training programmes in non-medical prescribing and certification in access and supply of prescription-only medicines and will be useful as an ongoing reference for future use in practice.

Opening with a general introduction to pharmacology as a science, Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions goes on to explain what is meant by drugs and medicines and why pharmacology should be of relevance to health care professionals.

The reader is presented with general principles of pharmacology followed by systemic pharmacology that covers the actions of important groups of drugs in common use to treat diseases and conditions of these systems:

  • cardiovascular
  • respiratory
  • endocrine
  • musculoskeletal
  • skin
  • central nervous

Finally Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions explores the law in relation to the sale, supply, administration and prescription of drugs and explains what is meant by non-medical prescribing.


1. Introduction

  • Pharmacology and health care professionals
  • Patient compliance
  • Drug names

Principles of Pharmacology

2. Drug disposition

  • Administration of drugs
  • Absorption of drugs
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug metabolism
  • Excretion of drugs
3. Effects of drugs on the body
  • Adverse reactions to drugs
  • Variation in response to drug therapy
  • Targets for drug action
Systemic Pharmacology

4. Cardiovascular and blood disorders

  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Drugs used to treat cardiovascular disorders
  • Blood disorders
  • Lipid-lowering drugs

5. Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Drugs used to treat respiratory disorders
  • Treatment of other respiratory conditions
6. Disorders of the endocrine system

  • Pituitary gland
  • Thyroid gland
  • Parathyroid glands
  • Adrenal glands
  • Pancreas
  • Treatment of diabetes mellites

7. Disorders of the musculoskeletal system

  • Rheumatic disease
  • Drugs used to treat rheumatic diseases
  • Gout
  • Drugs used to treat gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pages's disease
  • Treatment of Paget's disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Drugs used to treat osteoporosis
  • Osteomalacia
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Treatment of myasthenia gravis
  • Motor neuron disease and multiple sclerosis
8. Disorders of the skin

  • Eczema
  • Treatmetn of eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Treatment of psoriasis
  • Warts
  • Treatment of warts
  • Other viral infections of the skin
  • Fungal infections of the skin and nails
  • Drugs used to treat fungal infection of the skin and nails
  • Bacterial infection of the skin
9. Chemotherapy of infectious diseases

  • Bacteria
  • Antibiotic drugs
  • Treatment of tuberculosis
  • Viruses
  • Antiviral drugs
  • Treatment of HIV infection
  • Fungi
  • Antifungal drugs
  • Protozoa
  • Antialarial drugs
  • Drugs for toxoplasma and pneumocystis pneumonia
  • Parasitic worms
  • Anthelmintics

10. Cancer chemotherapy

  • Biology of cancer
  • Principles of cancer
  • Drugs used in cancer chemotherapy
11. Disorders of the central nervous system

  • Drugs used to treat depression
  • Drugs used to treat bipolar depression and mania
  • Psychoses
  • Drugs used to treat schizophrenia
  • Anxiety and insomnia
  • Anxiolytics and hypnotics
  • Treatment of anxiety
  • Treatment of insomnia
  • Attention of deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Treatment of ADHD
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Drugs used to treat epilepsy
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Treatment of Alzheimer's disease
12. Anaesthesia and analgesia

  • General Anaesthesia
  • Inhalation anaesthetics
  • Intravenous anaesthetics
  • Premedication adn adjuncts to general anaesthesia
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Analgesia
  • Peripherally acting analgesics
  • Centrally acting analgesics
  • Neuropathic pain
13. Contrast agents and adjuncts to radiography

  • Contrast agents
  • Cautions in use of contrast agents
  • Complications of intravenous administration of contrast agnets
  • Adversee reactions to contrast agents
  • Management of acute adverse reactions to contrast agents
  • Adjuncts to radiography
Prescribing and the Law

14. Medicines, the law and health care professionals

  • Legislation
  • Non-medical prescribing
15. Prescribing in practice

  • Podiatry
  • Extension of access to prescription-only medicines in podiatry and podiatic surgery
  • Podiatry in the community
  • Radiography
  • Medicines in radiography: prescription, supply and administration
  • Physiotherapy

  • Drug Names
  • Glossary
  • Examples of Patient Group Directions

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Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions
by Christine M. Thorp
2008 • 364 pages • $138.95 + shipping
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