The Importance of Medicinal Chemistry Knowledge in the Clinical Pharmacist's Education

João Paulo S. Fernandes, PhD, BPharm


Am J Pharm Educ. 2018;82(2) 

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The five case studies presented in this paper showed the importance of clinically relevant medicinal chemistry knowledge in the training of all pharmacists (but especially those who work in clinical pharmacy) and how the clinical outcomes of each case can be thoroughly explained by drug structure. Considering the importance of medicinal chemistry as a mandatory discipline to the pharmacist's graduation and successful practice should provide specific knowledge beyond drug design and discovery skills and should be linked to clinical content that will distinguish the pharmacist from other health care professionals.