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The pharmacy profession and the role of pharmacists in the modern healthcare systems have evolved quite rapidly over the last couple of decades.
The services that pharmacists provide are expanding with the introduction of supplementary prescribing, provision of health checks, patient counselling and many others.
The main ethos of pharmacy profession is now as much about keeping people healthy as treating them when they are not well.
The modern pharmacy profession is shifting away from a product focus and towards a patient focus. To cope with these changes, and to meet the demand of the modern pharmacy profession, the pharmacy curriculum, especially in the developed world, has evolved significantly.
In the western countries, almost all registered pharmacists are employed by the community and hospital pharmacies.
As a consequence, the practice, law, management, care, prescribing science and clinical aspects of pharmacy have become the main components of pharmacy curriculum.
In order to incorporate all these changes, naturally, the fundamental science components, e.g. chemistry, statistics, pharmaceutical biology, microbiology, pharmacognosy and a few other topics, have been reduced remarkably.
The impact of these recent changes is more innocuous in the area of pharmaceutical chemistry. As all drugs are chemicals, and pharmacy is mainly about the study of various aspects of drugs, including manufacture, storage, actions and toxicities, metabolisms and managements,
chemistry still plays a vital role in pharmacy education. However, the extent at which chemistry used to be taught a couple of decades ago has certainly changed significantly.
It has been recognized that while pharmacy students need a solid foundation in chemistry knowledge the extent cannot be the same as chemistry students may need.
There are several books on general, organic and natural product chemistry available today, but all of them are written in such a manner that the level is only suitable for undergraduate Chemistry students, not for Pharmacy undergraduates.
Moreover, in most modern pharmacy curricula, general, organic and natural product chemistry is taught at the first and second year undergraduate levels only.
There are also a limited number of Pharmaceutical Chemistry books available to the students, but none of them can meet the demand of the recent changes in pharmacy courses in the developed countries.
Therefore, there has been a pressing need for a chemistry text covering the fundamentals of general, organic and natural product chemistry written at a correct level for the Pharmacy undergraduates.
Physical (Preformulation) and Analytical Chemistry (Pharmaceutical Analysis) are generally taught separately at year 2 and year 3 levels of any modern MPharm course, and there are a number of excellent and up-to-date texts available in these areas.
During our teaching careers, we have always struggled to find an appropriate book that can offer general, organic and natural product chemistry at the right level for Pharmacy undergraduate students, and address the current changes in pharmacy curricula all over the world, at least in the UK.
We have always ended up recommending several books, and also writing notes for the students.
Therefore, we have decided to address this issue by compiling a chemistry book for Pharmacy students, which will cover general, organic and natural product chemistry in relation to drug molecules.
Thus, the aims of our book are to provide the fundamental knowledge and overview of all core topics related to general, organic and natural product chemistry currently taught in Pharmacy undergraduate courses in the UK, USA and various other developed countries,
relate these topics to the better understanding of drug molecules and their development and meet the demand of the recent changes in pharmacy curricula.
This Chemistry for Pharmacy Students General, Organic and Natural Product Chemistry book attempts to condense the essentials of general, organic and natural product chemistry into a manageable, affordable and student-friendly text, by concentrating purely on the basics of various topics without going into exhaustive detail or repetitive examples.
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