Department of Pharmacology is working with mission critical faculties and all the laboratories have been established ideally for the students for self-acquisition of knowledge. All the indispensible books of pharmacology and its related science have been kept in the department library itself for quick reference. Information about drugs & biography of famous pharmacologists has been made available at the department museum for student community.
What is Pharmacology?
Pharmacology (Gr. pharmakon, drug; logy, discourse, study)
Pharmacology is the study of drugs – what they are, how they work and what they do. It includes the study of the manner in which the function of living tissues and organisms is modified by chemical substances and the study of the effect of chemical agents on living processes.
Pharmacology is commonly subdivided into pharmacodynamics (the biological effects of drugs) and pharmacokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion), also expressed as, respectively, the effects of drugs on the body and the effect of the body on drugs. (from A Dictionary of Pharmacology and Clinical Drug Evaluation, by Desmond Lawrence and John Carpenter).
The subject is immensely broad and covers large areas of physiology, biochemistry and toxicology, all of which are concerned with the effects of chemicals on living organisms.
Three important aspects of pharmacology are:
- The use of drugs to study physiological mechanisms
- The use of drugs in medicine
- Understanding the biological effects of environmental chemicals
The Discipline of Pharmaceutics
Pharmaceutics is the study of the quantitative aspects of drug delivery, and involves the design, development, and evaluation of drugs in combination with an appropriate dosage form. A pharmaceutical scientist:
- characterizes physical properties of drugs
- develops dosage forms for drugs in the context of physicochemical properties and desired route of administration
- explores the relationship between dosage form and drug availability to the site of action
- quantitatively evaluates drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and pharmacological activity in the living organism.
The Department of Pharmaceutics
The Department of Pharmaceutics at the Gautham College of Pharmacy has a rich tradition of innovation and a strong commitment to advancing health through new knowledge. Our faculty members have made significant contributions to enhancing understanding of drug action and delivery. As part of the Gautham College of Pharmacy, the Department of Pharmaceutics has access to an abundance of intellectual and physical resources for every student to execute his talent.
Pharmaceutical Chemistry is the study of the molecular and mechanistic aspects of pharmaceuticals. The discipline emphasizes the chemistry of drug design and development, drug action, drug transport, drug delivery, and targeting. The development of new pharmaceuticals is critically dependent on a molecular-level understanding of biological processes and mechanisms of drug action. Progress in the field now depends on the design and synthesis of new molecules using tools such as structure activity relationships, combinatorial chemistry, and computer-aided drug design. In recent years rational design of drugs tuned to specific target sites is becoming a reality due to concurrent advances in chemistry and biology, including elucidation of the human genome. Chemists continue to be at the forefront of drug design, synthesis, testing, and development. A bachelor’s program in Pharmaceutical Chemistry will emphasize the molecular basis underlying the creation of new drugs and health applications of bioactive compounds. The proposed program will prepare students to fully and confidently participate in health and biomedical careers.
Pharmacognosy is the study of medicines derived from natural sources. The American Society of Pharmacognosy defines pharmacognosy as “the study of the physical, chemical, biochemical and biological properties of drugs, drug substances or potential drugs or drug substances of natural origin as well as the search for new drugs from natural sources.” It is also defined as the study of crude drugs. Our state of art Pharmacognosy department provides facilities to all students for successful learning experience.
The Pharmacy Practice Department strives to provide students with the skills necessary to practice pharmaceutical care upon entering the profession irregardless of the practice environment. The goal of pharmaceutical care is to improve an individual patient’s quality of life through achievement of definite, medication-related therapeutic outcomes.
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