Medicinal Chemistry

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Medicinal Chemistry

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Medicinal/Pharmaceutical chemistry deals with the discovery, desin, development and both pharmacological and analytical characterisation of drug substances. Medicinal chemists are indispensible in the preclinical stages of drug development, and again as pharmaceutical chemists in drug quality control. The chapter describes stages of drug development (hit to lead to preclinical candidate to drug substance), followed by a summary of the phases of drug activity relating to a drug#s formulation, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Finally, classification systems for marketed drug substances are presented, with an emphasis on the classification by molecular target