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This course is not intended to be used as an authoritative source of drug information. As you know, new drugs are constantly being discovered and new uses for existing drugs are being found through research. Therefore, you must rely upon this course to review concepts or to learn new information. You are then to use other sources (see Part 1 of this course) to gain new information as it is discovered.

Part 1

bullet 1-1     Professional References in Pharmacy
bullet 1-2     Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Important to Therapeutics
bullet 1-3     Introduction to Pharmacology
bullet 1-4     Local Anesthetic Agents
bullet 1-5     The Central Nervous System
bullet 1-6     Agents Used During Surgery
bullet 1-7     Sedative and Hypnotic Agents
bullet 1-8     Anticonvulsant Agents
bullet 1-9     Psychotherapeutic Agents
bullet 1-10    Central Nervous System (CNS) Stimulants
bullet 1-11    Narcotic Agents

Part 2

bullet 2-1     Dermatological Agents
bullet 2-2     The Human Muscular System
bullet 2-3     Skeletal Muscle Relaxants
bullet 2-4     Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, and Anti-gout Agents
bullet 2-5     Review of Ocular and Auditory Anatomy and Physiology
bullet 2-6     Review of the Autonomic Nervous System
bullet 2-7     Adrenergic Agents
bullet 2-8     Adrenergic Blocking Agents
bullet 2-9     Cholinergic Agents
bullet 2-10   Cholinergic Blocking Agents (Anticholinergic Agents)

Part 3

bullet 3-1     The Respiratory System and Respiratory System Drugs
bullet 3-2     The Human Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
bullet 3-3     Cardiac Drugs
bullet 3-4     Vasodilator Drugs
bullet 3-5     Drugs Acting on the Hematopoietic System
bullet 3-6     The Human Urogenital Systems
bullet 3-7     Antihypertensive Agents
bullet 3-8     Diuretic and Antidiuretic Agents
bullet 3-9     Toxicology and Poison Control

Part 4

bullet 4-1    The Human Digestive System
bullet 4-2    Antacids and Digestants
bullet 4-3    Emetics, Antiemetics, and Antidiarrheals
bullet 4-4    Cathartics
bullet 4-5    Fluid and Electrolyte Therapy
bullet 4-6    Review of the Endocrine System
bullet 4-7    Thyroid, Antithyroid, and Parathyroid Preparations
bullet 4-8    Reproductive Hormones and Oral Contraceptives
bullet 4-9    Adrenocortical Hormones
bullet 4-10    Insulin and the Oral Hypoglycemic Agents
bullet 4-11    Oxytocics and Ergot Alkaloids

Part 5

bullet 5-1    Introduction to Microbiology
bullet 5-2    Intestinal Parasites and Anti-parasitic Agents
bullet 5-3    Antibiotics and Sulfonamides
bullet 5-4    Anti-fungals, Antihistamines, and Anti-malarial Agents
bullet 5-5    Biologicals
bullet 5-6    Vitamins and Minerals

Part 6

bullet 6-1    Pharmaceutical Compounding
bullet 6-2    Introduction to Manufacturing, Quality Control, and Prepackaging
bullet 6-3    Classes of Aqueous Preparations
bullet 6-4    Emulsions and Suspensions
bullet 6-5    Medicated Applications
bullet 6-6    Solid Dosage Forms
bullet 6-7    Ophthalmic Preparations

A patient who visits a physician or physician extender frequently receives a prescription for a medication. That prescription is brought to the pharmacy to be filled. The patient expects professional attention at the pharmacy. Part of that expectation involves any caution or warning the patient should heed while taking the medication.

In your role, you will serve as a source of drug information. Patients and friends will ask you specific questions concerning the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. You must know the trade and generic names of literally hundreds of medications. Furthermore, you must know the cautions and warnings associated with many agents.

How are you to know this information about drugs? Certainly you have had instruction which presented the basics of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. This instruction has given you a sound foundation for learning more in these areas. This course will present instruction in anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. The material in anatomy and physiology is included to refresh your memory or to give you additional information so you can better understand the pharmacology material.


The initial letters of the names of some products are capitalized in this course. Such names are proprietary names, that is, brand names or trademarks. Proprietary names have been used in this course only to make it a more effective learning aid. The use of any name, proprietary or otherwise, should not be interpreted as an endorsement, deprecation, or criticism of a product; nor should such use be considered to interpret the validity of proprietary rights in a name, whether it is registered or not.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

Copyright 2010, SweetHaven Publishing Svs
All Rights Reserved

Revised: May 12, 2012