Pharmacology is the science that deals with study of drugs. The goal of teaching pharmacology to undergraduate students is to inculcate in them the rational & scientific basis of therapeutics keeping in view of dental curriculum & profession. Doctors who understand how drugs get in to the body ,how they produce their effects, what happens to them in the body and how evidence of their therapeutic effect is assessed, will choose drugs more skillfully & use them more successfully than those who do not. The principles involved are neither so numerous nor so difficult to understand as to deter any prescriber including those whose primary interest lies elsewhere than in pharmacology. All who use drugs can not escape either the moral or legal duty of care to prescribe the drugs with responsibility.
During the period of one year of II BDS, students are trained to acquire the knowledge of :
- Pharmacokinetics & pharmacody namics of essential and commonly used drugs.
- Indications, contraindications, interactions & adverse reactions of commonly used drugs with reason.
- Rational drug therapy (Use of appropriate drugs in disease with consideration to its cost, efficacy & safety for individual & mass therapy).
- Special care in prescribing common & essential drugs in special medical situations such as pregnancy, lactation, old age, renal ,hepatic damage & immuno compromised patients.
- The principles underlying the concept of essential drugs.
- The students are trained to develop the skill of prescribing drugs for common dental and medical ailments & critically evaluating the drug formulations. They are also taught the concept of ethics involved in development of new drugs.
The curriculum is designed to achieve the goal & objectives mentioned above. This department has staff room,well equipped pharmacy laboratory, departmental library and highly qualified & experienced faculty for teaching. Theory lectures, practicals & question-answer sessions are conducted to train the students.