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Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Department of Pharmacology

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

The science of pharmacology deals with properties and effects of drugs and, in a more general sense, with the interactions between chemical compounds and living systems. Medical pharmacology focuses on the mechanisms of action, toxicities, and therapeutic uses of biologically active substances in humans. Pharmacologic knowledge per se is valueless unless health care professionals can apply the information in their daily practice of medicine. Physicians must be able to utilize pharmacology not only to treat but also to prevent disease. At AZCOM, medical students are shown the correlation between pharmacology and related medical sciences, taught how to interpret the actions and uses of major classes of drugs, and instructed in the applications of pharmacodynamics to therapeutics.