The pharmacology course provides an understanding of the pharmacological basis of therapeutics and thereby promotes the safe and rational use of drugs in the treatment of human diseases. The course, which spans over 2 years, is organised in 3 main modules: ? The General Pharmacology module (Year 2) will enable students to develop strong understanding of the processes involved in drug action.? The Systemic Pharmacology module (Year 2) will enable students to develop a strong understanding of the mechanisms of action as well as the use of drugs in the management of organ-specific disease.? The Clinical Pharmacology module (Year 3) will enable students to develop a strong foundation in the scientific approach towards therapeutics.
The lecture on Poisons and Toxic Hazards is an introduction to clinical toxicology - stressing that there are few poisons with antidotes and that antidotes can be toxic. Some actions of antidotes are explained. Consideration of pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics of the posion with regards to enhancement of elimination is briefly discussed.