PHARMACY 111G Drugs and Society

PHARMACY 111G | Open | Semester Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


The use of drugs in society including historical perspectives. Selected examples of the use of medicines in disease, recreational drug use and drug misuse, and cultural and ethnic influences on drug use. Differences between conventional and complementary medicines. The role of the pharmaceutical industry in drug discovery, manufacture and promotion. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to access to pharmaceuticals.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the basic principles behind the action of medicines on the body i.e. pharmacology.
  2. Explain the basic concepts of drug safety and optimal use of medicines.
  3. Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of the use of common alternative and complementary medicines such as herbal and homeopathic remedies.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of drug treatment options for common diseases in New Zealand, such as infections, cancer, cardiovascular and mental health disorders.
  5. Develop an awareness of the future for drugs and societies, particularly the issues and developments arising in western societies.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how research evidence is used as the basis for the use of drugs in society.

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