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Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmaceutical Industries
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmaceutical Industries at Future University in Egypt is comprised of six various departments.
These are :
- Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Plants
- Pharmaceutical Technology
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Plants
The Department of Pharmacognosy and medicinal plants offers courses that cover preparation of drugs from natural sources, their proper collection, storage and marketing according to official standards. Isolation of active constituents from the crude drugs is an important subject of Pharmacognosy. The courses also include surveying medicinal plants in Egypt, taxonomically and phytochemically as well as biologically, for their active ingredients. The department also offers courses in food analysis and evaluation of narcotics, poisons and stimulant drugs.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Technology is responsible for teaching courses in different areas which focus mainly on the formulation and performance of dosage forms. It includes pharmaceutics and industrial pharmacy.
Pharmaceutics deals with the theoretical and practical study of the physico-chemical properties of the ingredients used in the formulation of various dosage forms, and the influence of these ingredients on their effectiveness. It also deals with the methods of compounding and manufacturing of the various dosage forms. Quality control tests and procedures used in determining their conformity to pharmacopoeial specifications are also studied. Courses in pharmaceutics also introduce the students to the most important proprietary products on the local market, their proper use and to the criteria used in their evaluation. Industrial pharmacy deals with unit operation and unit process. Also is includes the regulations concerned with GMP, R&D and validation. The department also supervises the teaching of a course in mathematics to pharmacy students.
Pharmacology & Toxicology
The Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology offers courses in pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, toxicology, biological standardization of drugs, biochemistry and laboratory defined data bases. The department also supervises courses in anatomy, physiology and pathology.
The study programs aim to establish the basis needed to know every aspect in drug action starting by studying the anatomical systems of human body then the physiology of all the body organs. The abnormal physiology resulting into pathological conditions is also studied. The students also study the biochemical reactions in the body.
The pharmacological effects of drugs is then studied, indications, side effects, and toxicity.
Toxicology deals with studying the adverse effects of chemotherapeutic agents and drugs, methods of toxicity, signs and symptoms of toxicity and treatment of toxicity symptoms. The Biological standardization course deals with the official methods for bioassay of drugs.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry offers courses in pharmaceutical organic chemistry, pharmaceutical analytical chemistry and medicinal chemistry. These courses form the bases for many other courses in pharmaceutical sciences. Courses in pharmaceutical analysis involve analysis of drugs and pharmaceutical formulations for the purpose of checking their quality and conformity to international standards. Classical methods of analysis are covered and special emphasis is given to modern instrumental methods used in drug analysis Courses in medicinal chemistry cover structure activity relationship and drug receptor interaction as well as effect of physical and chemical properties on biological activity. The synthesis and metabolism of selected compounds from different classes of medicinal agents are also covered.
The Department of Microbiology deals with the theoretical and practical study of the microscopic and chemical properties of microorganisms, laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of diseases, and the application of antibiotics in their treatment. It also deals with the methods of sterilization as well as infectious diseases, and public health.
Also the department deals with the study of immunology and virology.
Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy
The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy offers applied courses aimed at providing the student with the knowledge and practice experience that enable him to provide better patient care and rational drug use. The courses cover hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, pharmacy administration, pharmacy regulations, pharmaceutical statistics, marketing, drug information and clinical pharmacy.
Clinical pharmacy in its broadest sense involves the pharmacists active participation as a member of the health care team. This involves: patient counseling on the proper and safe use of medications, therapeutic drug monitoring, monitoring drug interactions as well as providing physicians, nurses and patients with drug information.