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Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Edited by Jill Barber
Chris Rostron

Publication Date - September 2013

ISBN: 9780199655304

368 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

Retail Price to Students: $114.99

A wide-ranging overview of organic chemistry as it is applied to the study and practice of pharmacy


Taking medication is a common occurrence for many people, whether it is to soothe an aching head, regulate blood sugars, or treat life-threatening conditions such as HIV or cancer. Examining how drugs are manufactured, formulated, and the way that they work in our bodies, Pharmaceutical Chemistry provides a wide-ranging overview of organic chemistry as it is applied to the study and practice of pharmacy.

* Supports an integrated pharmacy education
* Focuses on the fundamental ideas that first-year students need to fully grasp before progressing in their studies
* Demonstrates the connections between scientific concepts and principles and how they are applied to pharmacy
* Written and edited by experts who have a wealth of teaching experience


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For students:
- Self-assessment questions for each chapter
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The Integrated Foundations of Pharmacy series supports those who are at the beginning of their journey to become a pharmacist. Students will begin to understand how a drug molecule is made; the process that turns it into a medicine; the role the pharmacist has when dispensing that medicine; and what happens in the body when it is taken. Most importantly, the series shows how each of these aspects are integrated, reflecting the most up-to-date teaching practices.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Jill Barber studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD in Bioorganic 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. 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 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 five 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

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