Taking medication is a common occurrence for many people, whether it is to soothe an aching head, regulate blood sugars, or to treat life threatening conditions, such as HIV or cancer. In the UK alone, over 900 million prescriptions are dispensed every year. Overseeing all of this are pharmacists: experts in medicines and their use.
The Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy series supports those who are at the beginning of their journey to become a pharmacist. The reader will begin to understand how a drug molecule is made; the process that turns it into a medicine; the role the pharmacist has when dispensing that medicine; and what happens in the body when it is taken. Most importantly, the series shows how each of these aspects are integrated, reflecting the most up-to-date teaching practices.
Pharmaceutics: The science of medicine design explores the different forms that medicines can take, and demonstrates how being able to select the best form - be it a tablet, injectable liquid, or an inhaled gas - requires an understanding of how chemicals behave in different physical states.
Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany Pharmaceutics: the science of medicine design features:
For registered adopters of the book:
- Figures from the book, available to download.
- Self-assessment questions to help the reader to check and reinforce understanding of the material introduced in each chapter.
Dr Phil Denton (editor), is a lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Liverpool John Moores University. He has a Postgraduate Certificate of Education, has taught previously in the Further Education sector and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research work has investigated the relationship between molecular structure and (bio)chemical reactivity. More recently, he has developed computer systems to support lecturers as part of his role as Learning Development Manager for Liverpool John Moores University Faculty of Science. Dr Chris Rostron (series editor), graduated in Pharmacy from Manchester University and completed a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at Aston University. He gained Chartered Chemist status in 1975. After a period of post-doctoral research he was appointed as a lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at Liverpool Polytechnic. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. He was a member of the Academic Pharmacy Group Committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and chairman for the past 5 years. He is currently chairman of the Academic Pharmacy Forum and deputy chair of the Education Expert Advisory Panel of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He is an external examiner in Medicinal Chemistry at a number of Schools of Pharmacy both in the UK and abroad. In 2008 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain for services to Pharmacy education.
1. Introduction to pharmaceutics ; 2. Solids ; 3. Liquids ; 4. Gases ; 5. Thermodynamics ; 6. Acids and bases ; 7. Phase equilibria and transitions ; 8. Partitioning and hydrophobicity ; 9. Surface phenomena ; 10. Disperse systems ; 11. Colligative properties ; 12. Kinetics and drug stability ; 13. Drug development and delivery