Knowledge of pharmacokinetics is critical to understanding the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs. It is therefore vital to those engaged in the discovery, development, and preclinical and clinical evaluation of drugs, as well as practitioners involved in the clinical use of drugs. Using different approaches accessible to a wide variety of readers, Basic Pharmacokinetics: Second Edition demonstrates the quantitative pharmacokinetic relations and the interplay between pharmacokinetic parameters.
After a basic introduction to pharmacokinetics and its related fields, the book examines:
- Mathematical operations commonly used in pharmacokinetics
- Drug distribution and clearance and how they affect the rate of drug elimination after a single dose
- Factors affecting drug absorption following extravascular drug administration, the rate and extent of drug absorption, and drug bioequivalence
- The steady-state concept during constant rate intravenous infusion and during multiple drug administration
- Renal drug elimination, drug metabolism, multicompartment models, nonlinear pharmacokinetics, and drug administration by intermittent intravenous infusion
- Pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling, noncompartmental pharmacokinetic data analysis, clearance concept from the physiological point of view, and physiological modeling
- Clinical applications of pharmacokinetics, including therapeutic drug monitoring, drug pharmacokinetics in special populations, pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions, pharmacogenomics, and applications of computers in pharmacokinetics
Accompanying the book is a CD-ROM with self-instructional tutorials and pharmacokinetic and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic simulations, allowing visualization of concepts for enhanced comprehension. This learning tool received an award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for innovation in teaching, making it a valuable supplement to this essential text.
About the Author:
Mohsen A. Hedaya, PharmD, PhD, is a professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Tanta University in Egypt, and is currently on leave to work at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Kuwait University. His research interests include pharmacokinetic drug interactions, drug delivery to the brain, pharmacokinetic computer simulations, bioequivalent study design and data analysis, and the development and assessment of computer-aided instructional materials in the area of pharmacokinetics. Dr. Hedaya is a member of numerous international scientific associations and has received several prestigious teaching and research achievement awards. He has to his credit extensive scientific publications in national and international journals and frequently gives presentations at national and international scientific meetings. The computer-based educational materials developed by Dr. Hedaya in the area of pharmacokinetics are currently being used by more than 300 educational, research, and industrial institutions around the world.