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Pharmacology vs Pharmacy

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

Pharmacology is the science of how drugs act on biological systems and how the body responds to the drug. The study of pharmacology includes the sources, chemical properties, biological effects, and therapeutic uses of drugs.


Clinical pharmacology is the application of pharmacological methods and principles to the study of drugs in humans. An example of this is dosage, which is the study of how drugs are administered. Pharmacology is closely related to toxicology.


Pharmacologists research and analyze drugs, chemicals, and other substances to discover how they affect biological systems and to assess how they can be used safely. The development of a new drug takes, on average, 15 years from discovery to delivery to the patient.


Pharmacy is the science of preparing and dispensing medical drugs. The study of pharmacy includes chemistry and pharmacy, among other special subjects. A pharmacist is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in providing information about different drugs and treatment methods to patients.


While a pharmacist dispenses prescription drugs and advises patients on their use, Pharmacology is a biomedical science that focuses on chemical drugs and how they affect the people and organisms that consume them. Pharmacologists are responsible for developing medicines that pharmacists safely administer to patients.


Pharmacy and pharmacology are related but distinctly different medical specialties. Knowing what pharmacists and pharmacologists do can help you decide which career might best suit your goals and interests. You may want to work directly with patients or research a potential new treatment for pediatric cancer.


The Bachelor of Pharmacy is one of the most preferred degree options at the undergraduate level. It opens the door to multiple career options such as drug inspector, hospital drug coordinator, pharmacist, chemical technician and more. It is one of the easiest branches compared to engineering and medicine. You will get all the knowledge of Mathematics (in the second year), knowledge of engineering, chemistry, psychology and most importantly Biology, Microbiology and pharmacology in the human body.


Despo Kyrmitsi, BSc, MA

Career Guidance & Counselor


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