Often confused with pharmacy, pharmacology is
a separate discipline in the health sciences. Pharmacology is the
science of how drugs act on biological systems and how the body responds
to the drug. The study of pharmacology encompasses the sources,
chemical properties, biological effects and therapeutic uses of drugs.
Pharmacy uses the knowledge derived from pharmacology to achieve optimal
therapeutic outcomes through the appropriate preparation and dispensing
Pharmacology integrates the knowledge of many disciplines, including
medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary medicine. This
integrative nature allows pharmacology to make unique and significant
contributions to human health.