Pharmacology is the branch of medicine concerned with the sources, uses, metabolism, excretion, adverse effects, interactions, and contraindications.

It studies how different chemicals affect biological systems and incorporates knowledge and skills from a number of basic science discipline including physiology, biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology.

 A sound knowledge of pharmacology is mandatory for doctors to rightly prescribe drugs for any disease

At the end of the pharmacology course the students will be able to

  1. a) rationally prescribe drugs for common diseases.
  2. b) calculate the dosage depending upon the age, sex, and prevailing health status of the individual.
  3. c) administer the drug through the appropriate route.
  4. d) identify adverse drug reactions and drug interactions.

The study of pharmacology originated from the practices of ancient apothecaries, who would prescribe remedies for ailments and then observe the effects on their patients.