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Pharmacology

Pharmacology is the study of how substances interact with living organisms to produce a change in function.

If substances have medicinal properties, they are considered pharmaceuticals.

The field encompasses drug composition and properties, interactions, toxicology, therapy, and medical applications and antipathogenic capabilities.

Development of medication is a vital concern to medicine, but also has strong economical and political implications.

To protect the consumer and prevent abuse, many governments regulate the manufacture, sale, and administration of medication.

In the United States, the main body that regulates pharmaceuticals is the Food and Drug Administration.

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