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Medical Office Pharmacology

Course NumberHSC 210
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours15
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: HSC 105 and one of the following: BIO 101, BIO 131, BIO 132, BIO 140, BIO 152, BIO 153, BIO 160, or BIO 240, both with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0). Presents the necessary information to comply with the federal laws regarding accurate and secure drug records and the interpretation of prescriptions and communication of medication orders to other professionals. Credit may be earned in MA 205 or HSC 210 but not in both. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate the ability to recognize selected brand name and generic drugs.
  1. Pronounce and spell drug names accurately.
  2. Recognize and/or research any differences that may exist between the formulations of brand and generic drugs.

Demonstrate knowledge of major drug classifications, i.e., antihypertensives, antiinflammatories, cardiovascular agents, antibiotics, antineoplastics, decongestants, and combinations, etc.
  1. Understand and explain drug actions and indications
  2. Understand and explain potential drug side effects
  3. Understand and explain drug contraindications
  4. Understand and explain potential drug interactions
  5. Understand and explain routes of administration
  6. Recognize selected drugs by both brand and generic name as belonging to a particular classification

Demonstrate the ability to use the Physicians' Desk Reference (and other recognized drug reference sources at instructor's direction) to locate prescription drug information.
  1. Use the Brand and Generic Name Index
  2. Use the Product Category Index
  3. Use the Index by Manufacturer
  4. Use the Product Information Section

Demonstrate an understanding of federal and state laws regarding the dispensation and prescribing of drugs.
  1. Production of accurate, complete and secure drug records
  2. Interpretation of prescriptions
  3. Communication of medication orders to other health care professionals
  4. Classification of drugs by the Drug Enforcement Administration

Demonstrate an understanding of the legal implications of drug and medication use.
  1. Explanation of potential risks/side effects to patients
  2. Appropriate warnings to patients, i.e., operation of an automobile while using a drug that could cause drowsiness
  3. Recognition of patient inquiries that could indicate drug side effects and reactions
  4. Questioning each patient about drug allergies, side effects, and current medications prior to dispensing/prescribing drugs

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