Mechanisms of Drug Actions

A neon sign that says "DRUGS".

A neon sign lights up a pharmacy. (Courtesy of Thomas Hawk on flickr. License: CC-BY-NC.)


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Fall 2013



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This course addresses the scientific basis for the development of new drugs. The first half of the semester begins with an overview of the drug discovery process, followed by fundamental principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, metabolism, and the mechanisms by which drugs cause therapeutic and toxic responses. The second half of the semester applies those principles to case studies and literature discussions of current problems with specific drugs, drug classes, and therapeutic targets.

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Peter Dedon, Steven Tannenbaum, Mark Murcko, and Charles Knutson. 20.201 Mechanisms of Drug Actions, Fall 2013. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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