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Introductory Pharmacology for Clinical Practice


  • Robin Webb Corbett PhD, RNC,

  • Laura Williford Owens RPh, PharmD

Address correspondence to Robin Webb Corbett, PhD, RNC, East Carolina University College of Nursing, 600 Moye Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858. E-mail:


The average woman will take many medications, both prescription and nonprescription, as well as herbs or other dietary supplements over the course of her lifetime. These chemicals can produce therapeutic benefits but can also cause toxic effects. Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapy, adverse drug reactions, and research in pharmacology are discussed as applied to women's health. Clinicians must have a firm understanding of the basic principles of pharmacology so that they can appropriately administer medications, monitor for anticipated effects and adverse reactions, and communicate as needed with women, their families, and other health care team members.