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Toxicol Pathol. 1995 Mar-Apr;23(2):115-23.

Basic principles of pharmacokinetics.

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Department of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0446, USA.

Abstract

Pharmacokinetics may be defined as what the body does to a drug. It deals with the absorption, distribution, and elimination of drugs but also has utility in evaluating the time course of environmental (exogenous) toxicologic agents as well as endogenous compounds. An understanding of 4 fundamental pharmacokinetic parameters will give the toxicologic pathologist a strong basis from which to appreciate how pharmacokinetics may be useful. These parameters are clearance, volume of distribution, half-life, and bioavailability.

PMID:
7569664
DOI:
10.1177/019262339502300203
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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