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Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Edited by Jill Barber
Chris Rostron

July 2013

ISBN: 9780199655304

368 pages

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Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy

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The Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy series series supports those who are at the beginning of their journey to become a pharmacist.



Pharmaceutical Chemistry provides a wide-ranging overview of organic chemistry as applied to the study and practice of pharmacy. Drugs are simply chemicals, so to fully understand their manufacture, formulation, and the way they work in our bodies, an understanding of organic compounds and their reactions is essential.

  • Supports integrated pharmacy education, so that students are learning in a professionally relevant context from day one.
  • Focuses on the fundamental ideas that first year students need to fully grasp before progressing with more advanced study.
  • Material clearly demonstrates connections between scientific concepts and principles and how they are applied to pharmacy.
  • Written by subject experts and edited by academics with a wealth of teaching experience.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Jill Barber, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester, UK

Chris Rostron, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Dr Jill Barber (editor), studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD in Bio-organic Chemistry at the same university in 1980. She then spent five years in some of the oldest universities in Europe, learning Biochemistry, German and Renaissance Music. She settled in Manchester in 1986, with a permanent position in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where her research focuses on drugs that inhibit protein synthesis and she teaches chemotherapy and its underlying chemistry and biochemistry. She has published several teaching-related research papers about the factors influencing student success.

Dr Chris Rostron (series editor), graduated in Pharmacy from Manchester University and completed a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at Aston University. He gained Chartered Chemist status in 1975. After a period of post-doctoral research he was appointed as a lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry at Liverpool Polytechnic. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. He was a member of the Academic Pharmacy Group Committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and chairman for the past 5 years. He is currently chairman of the Academic Pharmacy Forum and deputy chair of the Education Expert Advisory Panel of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He is an external examiner in Medicinal Chemistry at a number of Schools of Pharmacy both in the UK and abroad. In 2008 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain for services to Pharmacy education.

Table of Contents

    1:The importance of pharmaceutical chemistry
    2:Organic structure and bonding
    3:Stereochemistry and drug action
    4:Properties of aliphatic hydrocarbons
    5:Alcohols, phenols, ethers, organic halogen compounds, and amines
    6:The carbonyl group and its chemistry
    7:Introduction to aromatic chemistry
    8:Inorganic chemistry in pharmacy
    9:The chemistry of biologically important macromolecules
    10:Origins of drug molecules
    11:Introduction to pharmaceutical analysis
    12:The molecular characteristics of good drugs


"An excellent textbook. Conveys difficult pieces of information in a manner that is light and friendly; especially to students who are relatively new to the subject. I enjoy how the book takes an integrated approach to learning; navigating the reader towards different chapters that have relatable scientific information." - Sokar Salam, student, University of Bradford

"I found the layout of the textbook made it much more user friendly than others and would make the transition to University work much easier and less daunting. It was good to see pages for abbreviations. This makes it clearer to use and even enables you to remember them better." - Jake Doherty, student, UCLan

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