WM340 Western Pharmacology
3 Units/30 Hours
Prerequisites: WM301, WM302, WM303, WM304
This course will introduce the basic concepts and pharmacological principles of western pharmaceuticals and their major categories. This course focuses on pharmacological assessment including the pharmacological distribution, metabolism, excretion, and the mechanisms of a drug’s therapeutic effects on the human body. This course will emphasize general principles that can be applied broadly to groups or categories of medications. For all of the medications discussed in this course, the students will be able to interpret their principle of pharmacology, their clinical indications, adverse effects, dosages, and potential herb-drug or drug-herb interactions. Emphasis is on the understanding and identification of side effects and herb-drug or drug-herb interactions for each class of drug. The students learn to predict and modify treatment based on possible herb-drug mutual and non-mutual interactions based on each of the covered drug categories.