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(2012; 80 pages)
Clinical Pharmacology is the scientific discipline that involves all aspects of the relationship between drugs and humans. It is a multidisciplinary science that encompasses professionals with a wide variety of scientific skills including medicine, pharmacology, pharmacy, biomedical science and nursing. The term "clinical pharmacologist" is commonly used in the professional sense to refer to physicians who are specialists in clinical pharmacology. They have undertaken several years of postgraduate training in many aspects of the above relationship involving health care, teaching, and research. Such clinical pharmacologists have as their primary goal that of improving patient care, directly or indirectly, by developing better medicines and promoting the safer and more effective use of drugs.
This document aims to set the scene for clinical pharmacology in the early part of the 21st century following the concepts of an earlier report by the World Health Organisation in 1970. This document is aimed primarily at decision makers in a variety of organisations, particularly in Governments and their health care ministries, in addition to chief executives and board level directors of primary and secondary care systems and directors in pharmaceutical companies. It lays out in detail the great benefits that expertise in clinical pharmacology can bring to the delivery of better health care for all populations...