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Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics - Medicines and the Body

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Medicines aim to prevent, cure or control various disease states. To achieve this goal, adequate concentrations of the medicine must be delivered to the target tissues so that therapeutic, yet non-toxic levels, are obtained.

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After reading and digesting this article, the practising healthcare professional should be able to discuss the meaning of the terms pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; and: compare and contrast pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, discuss the importance of creatinine clearance, discuss the importance of half-life of a medicine, discuss the importance of the P450 metabolic pathway. Introduction to Pharmacology Medicines, which aim to prevent, cure or control various disease states., shi

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Louis Roller
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Adjunct Associate Professor Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for 57 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia, including the Therapeutic Guidelines, particularly the Antibiotic Guidelines. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists,dentists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, particularly antibiotics, as well as giving many talks to the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. As at the end of December, 2020, he had delivered 54 talks to U3A Stonnington and an equivalent number to other U3A groups. With Dr Jenny Gowan, over the last 25 years, he has written articles on disease state management in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and, in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
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Sandra Hannon
10 Feb 2021
Excellent short module, could be longer and attract more points as it is an important factor in medication administration and suggest it also be included in mandatory med management.
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Nicola Fiore
04 Feb 2021
Clear and concise reading. Good refresher for nurses.
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Lynn Hancock
10 Feb 2021
Great article ,valuable information with good resources,.
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Alyce Hanna
24 May 2021
Very informative
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Christine Reyes
17 Jul 2020
good lesson
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Peggyann Messervy
02 Feb 2021
very informative.
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Edith
14 Feb 2021
Great easy to understand.
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Jo-Anne Flood
09 Feb 2021
Interesting article. Explanation was good and easy to follow and understand
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Jolene Vilila
04 Sep 2021
Great resource for pharmacology for beginners.
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Mrs Coleman
03 Feb 2021
Clear and brief summary of key points
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