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Course Detail

Course Name Pharmacotherapeutics II – Theory
Program Pharm. D.
Semester Five & Six
Year Taught 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018


‘Pharmacotherapeutics II – Theory’ is a course offered in the third year of Pharm. D. program at School of Pharmacy, Health Sciences campus, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Scope & Objectives

Course Duration: 3 Hrs./Week


This course is designed to impart knowledge and skills necessary for contribution to quality use of medicines. Chapters dealt cover briefly pathophysiology and mostly therapeutics of various diseases. This will enable the student to understand the pathophysiology of common diseases and their management.


Objectives of the Subject Upon completion of the subject student shall be able to –

  1. Know the pathophysiology of selected disease states and the rationale for drug therapy
  2. Know the therapeutic approach to management of these diseases;
  3. Know the controversies in drug therapy;
  4. Know the importance of preparation of individualised therapeutic plans based on diagnosis; and
  5. Appreciate the needs to identify the patient-specific parameters relevant in initiating drug therapy, and monitoring therapy (including alternatives, time-course of clinical and laboratory indices of therapeutic response and adverse effects).

Course Materials

Text books (Theory)

  1. Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics – Roger and Walker, Churchill Livingstone publication

Reference Books (Theory)

  1. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic approach – Joseph T. Dipiro et al. Appleton & Lange
  2. Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics – Eric T. Herfindal, Williams and Wilkins Publication
  3. Applied Therapeutics: The clinical Use of Drugs. Lloyd Young and Koda-Kimble MA]

Lecture Wise Program

Etiopathogenesis and pharmacotherapy of diseases associated with following systems / diseases –

Title of the topic

  1. Infectious disease: Guidelines for the rational use of antibiotics and surgical Prophylaxis, Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Respiratory tract infections, Gastroenteritis, Endocarditis, Septicemia, Urinary tract infec- tions, Protozoal infection- Malaria, HIV & Opportunistic infections, Fungal infections, Viral infections, Gonarrhoea and Syphillis
  2. Musculoskeletal disorders Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Spondylitis, Systemic lupus erythematosus.
  3. Renal system Renal Failure, Chronic Renal Failure, Renal Dialysis, Drug induced renal disorders
  4. Oncology: Basic principles of Cancer therapy, General introduction to cancer chemotherapeutic agents, Chemotherapy of breast cancer, leukemia. Management of chemotherapy nausea and emesis
  5. Dermatology: Psoriasis, Scabies, Eczema, Impetigo

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