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Mens Sana Monogr. 2006 Jan;4(1):184-206. doi: 10.4103/0973-1229.27614.

What clinical pharmacology means to us.

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Department of Pharmacology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.

Abstract

Clinical Pharmacology is a specialty with many attributes and our association with the subject has allowed us to acquire, apply and disseminate myriad aspects of research and practice. Though clinical pharmacologists are conspicuous by virtue of their small number, recent years have shown a growing need for the course. In the review below we navigate through several aspects of the subject as we encountered them from time to time. From critical appraisal of literature, to application of knowledge of drugs, to clinical practice; moving on to clinical and basic research, to drug development process, to policy making - these are but a few of the many fields which constitute the scope of clinical pharmacology. The importance of the subject lies in allowing a trainee to develop a broad overview of the entire process, from drug generation to drug distribution to drug utilization, a process meant for the greater common goal of better health for all. We foresee a bright future for the subject though with a slight skepticism thrown in. In the present article, we make use of personal experiences and reference from literature to help you get a broad view of what clinical pharmacology means to us.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical Pharmacology; Ethics and Pharma Relation; Informed Consent; Me-Too Drugs; Negative Studies; Research and Future of the Branch

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