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Fortunately, many diseases can be treated effectively with medicines. Pharmacy encompasses all aspects related to medicines, from drug design and mechanisms of action to analysis, delivery and engineering of drugs, and their effectiveness in practice. Pharmacy combines chemistry and biology with medicine. Studying pharmacy will teach you what medicines are, how they work, and how they are developed and administered. You will learn about human physiology and pathology, and the pharmacist’s role in the quest for new compounds to prevent, halt or cure disease.
Pharmacists dispense medications prescribed by physicians, and provide patients information about them and their proper use. A pharmacist knows all about the beneficiary effects of medicines, but is also aware of their potential side-effects. What do medicines and poisons have in common?
More than you might think! An overdose of a substance or an inappropriate combination of substances can turn a medicine into a poison! A pharmacist closely monitors the use of medicines by each individual patient.
But there’s more to pharmacy than meets the eye! Pharmacists are also educated to be researchers, scientists who strive to discover and refine medicines and devise ever more effective therapies. They can contribute to the all the pharmaceutical sciences, from basic areas such as chemical analysis and drug synthesis, to pharmaceutical practice and patient-oriented research. This degree programme is the first step towards becoming an all-round pharmaceutical expert. Pharmacy is exciting, because you can help people with science.
Is this the programme for you?
You excel at chemistry, physics, and mathematics, and are interested in tackling new challenges in the medical and life sciences. You are keen to gain new knowledge and use that knowledge to help people. Working at the interface of various disciplines, including chemistry, biology and medicine, intrigues you – you want to work on today’s big health challenges!
What is pharmacy?
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The process of drug development and improving existing medicines is full of challenges. Every year, 125,000 women in Africa alone die as a result of a postpartum haemorrhage. There is a medicine to stop postpartum bleeding, but it must constantly be kept cool. But what if you don’t have a fridge? If these drugs could be stored outside the fridge, they could be used easily, everywhere. Our researchers are trying their utmost to find solutions to stabilize these drugs in new dosage forms. It would save countless lives! !
Why does your headache disappear when you take a painkiller? Want to discover and develop new drugs to treat disease? Did you know that pharmacists not only dispense medicines to patients, but also advise doctors about the medicines they prescribe?
What is pharmacy?