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CODE CPH4600

 
TITLE Pharmacology for Podiatry Students

 
LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce relevant terminology in pharmacology of drugs encountered in podiatry. It will include an understanding of aspects of prescription writing; methods, modes of administration of drugs, mode of action, interactions, side effects, of systemic drugs as pertinent to podiatry.

Study-unit aims:

This study-unit will:
- introduce relevant terminology in pharmacology of drugs encountered in podiatry.
- an understanding of aspects of prescription writing in podiatry.
- Understand methods, modes of administration of drugs, mode of action, of systemic drugs which are pertinent in the practice of podiatry
- An explanation of the interactions, side effects, of systemic drugs encountered in the practise podiatry.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding

By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to understand:
- Modes of action of drugs and drug formulations
- Principles of pharmacokinetics, therapeutic drug monitoring and clinical trials
- Modes of drug administration, compliance and legal aspects of drug use
- Pharmacogenetics
- Adverse drug reactions and drug interactions
- Analgesics I
- Analgesics II
- Cardiovascular agents I
- Cardiovascular agents II
- Anaesthetic agents
- Antiinflammatory agents eg steriods, antihistamines, immunosupressants
- Antidiabetic agents
- Various drugs acting on CNS eg medical emergencies, seizures, dementia
- Hypnotics and sedatives
- Antimicrobial skin preparations I
- Antimicrobial skin preparations II and disinfectants
- Other skin preparations eg eczema, psoriasis, antipruritics, barrier preparations, warts calluses
- Wound management and dressings
- Drug abuse and dependence, toxicology and poisoning
- Drugs in special populations in podiatry

2. Skills

By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of the molecular mode of action of drugs to specific clinical scenarios in podiatry;
- Apply basic pharmacological and pharmacokinetic principles in prescribing decisions in podiatry;
- Predict interpatient variability with respect to drug response in podiatry;
- Explain the selection of differing drug therapies for the individual patient encountered in podiatry

Main texts:

Recommended
- Thorp C. Pharmacology for the Health Care Professions. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Humphrey P. Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower R. Rang & Dale's Pharmacology. Churchill Livingstone. 6th Ed.
- British National Formulary. Pharmaceutical Press.

Lecture notes
- Reid JL, Rubin PC, Walters MW. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Lecture Notes). Blackwell. 7th Ed.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Andrew Aquilina
Sue Aquilina
Maria A. Cordina (Co-ord.)
Roger Ellul Micallef
Anthony Fenech
Carmel P. Mallia
Janet Mifsud
Nikolai Pace
Ruth Theuma
Mark Zammit
Peter Zarb

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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