This volume is a self-instructional computer-assisted medium for active learning. Indeed, the tutorial materials included in the accompanying compact disk have received an award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for innovation in teaching. This volume and its companion CD are intended for students and practitioners in the health professions who need to comprehend the concepts and principles related to how the body absorbs, distributes, metabolizes, and excretes drugs.
"...The author's reliance on active learning, his use of examples illustrating important pharmacokinetic principles, and particularly the thoughtful simulation tools he has developed make this text and its companion CD an extremely effective and enjoyable introduction to the field of pharmacokinetics."
From the Foreword, Ronald J. Sawchuk Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pharmacokinetics has become an essential component of all the processes involved in drug development, discovery, and preclinical evaluation, as well as with the clinical use of drugs. While this has led to the development of many highly complex techniques, basic pharmacokinetic concepts remain the backbone of all these new developments. Consequently, a thorough understanding of the basic concepts is essential before one can tackle the more involved and applied areas of pharmacokinetics.
Basic Pharmacokinetics consists of two parts: textual printed materials and highly interactive computer-based presentations. Together, these provide a useful combination that makes it easy to grasp basic principles. The computer-based information is presented in a self-instructional format, which introduces concepts, utilizing highly interactive graphical presentations and simulations. It visualizes the interplay between the different pharmacokinetic parameters, observing how the change in one or more of these parameters impacts the drug concentration-time profile in the body.