· Pharmacotherapy is the application of knowledge in making therapeutic decisions that are most likely to have a maximum positive benefit for a specific patient.
· Pharmacotherapy specialist: is an individual who is specialized in administering and prescribing medication, and requires extensive academic knowledge in pharmacotherapy.
o Pharmaceutical personnel are experts in pharmacotherapy and are responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of pharmaceutical drugs.
· Pathophysiology is the physiology of abnormal states; specifically: the functional changes that accompany a particular syndrome or disease.
o Also is the study of changes in the way the body works that result from disease or injury
· Pharmaceutical care involves the process through which a pharmacist/ other pharmaceutical personnel cooperates with a patient and other professionals in designing, implementing, and monitoring a therapeutic plan that will produce specific therapeutic outcomes for the patient.
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