‘Pharmakon’ = Greek for drug
A drug is a substance that induces a biological effect in the body. It can be defined as a natural product, chemical substance or pharmaceutical that is used in the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease.
Pharmacology is the study of the actions, the uses, the mechanisms and the adverse effects of drugs. Pharmaceutics or pharmacy is the science of preparing and dispensing drugs. Pharmacotherapeutics is the application of drugs for treatment of disease. Toxicology is conceived as the harmful effects of drugs and other chemicals.
3 principal uses of pharmacological drugs:
1. Curative – eg bacterial infections
2. Suppressive – eg asthma
3. Preventive – eg contraception
Patient care is a team activity – Podiatrist has a role in that team.
Role of Podiatrist
• prescription of drugs to manage foot pathology (extent will depend on legislation in each jurisdiction)
• noting therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs that patient may already be on
• awareness of effects of mechanical and surgical interventions will have on drugs patient is on make adjustment to management