What is Pharmacotherapy

·         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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References
           
Wells BG, DiPiro J, Schwinghammer T (2013), Pharmacotherapy Handbook (6th Ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey ML, (2008): Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach (7th ed): New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Katz M D., Matthias KR., Chisholm-Burns M A., Pharmacotherapy(2011) Principles & Practice Study Guide: A Case-Based Care Plan Approach: New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Schwinghammer TL, Koehler JM (2009) Pharmacotherapy Casebook: A Patient-Focused Approach (7th ed): New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
 
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