Presents the pathophysiology of altered health states and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific conditions covered in this course include dermatological disorders, including dermatitis, psoriasis, fungal, acne and bites. The course considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of prescription and non-prescription medications and complementary and alternate medicines, which will address the quality use of medicines in the treatment of these conditions.
The course builds on student's existing knowledge and understanding of the physical pharmacy principles. It provides students with an understanding of how these principles are applied to the preparation of liquid and semi-solid dosage forms used for topical application of medications including creams, ointments, gels, colloids, transdermal preparations and sunscreen formulations. The stability of these drug products and factors influencing the storage and shelf life of products is included in this course.
Application of the knowledge developed in this course will be complemented by clinical skills training.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2020
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the pathophysiology and management of dermatological disorders, including dermatitis, psoriasis, minor skin infections and acne.
2. Describe the quality use of medicines' issues surrounding these therapeutic agents in the treatment of these diseases and continue to develop clinical skills and communication skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.
3. Develop skills in the use and recommendation of non-prescription medications and advice on non-pharmacological treatment options available in the management of these conditions.
4. Identify the principles of drug stability and discuss pharmacy practice issues relating to storage of topical drug products.
5. Describe the formulation and manufacture of topical dosage forms and sterile drug products including creams, ointments, gels, colloids, transdermal preparations and sunscreen formulations.
6. Understand the skills required in the preparation of topical and dermatological pharmaceutical products and develop competency in extemporaneous dispensing.
1. This course will cover the pathophysiology, therapeutic treatment and pharmacy practice issues in the management of:
- Dermatological disorders (including psoriasis; acne; eczema and contact dermatitis; seborrhoeic dermatitis; rosacea; nappy rash; bites and stings; drug induced skin disorders; allergies; photodermatoses including sunburn; minor bacterial, fungal and viral skin infections; burns and wound care).
2. The concept of minor illness and major disease will be discussed, including the use of prescription and non-prescription products, including Complementary and Alternate Medicines. Non-pharmacological approaches to the management of these conditions will also be discussed.
3. The course covers advanced concepts in formulation development and design of topical preparations including:
- Sterile products, aseptic technique, microbial contamination, spoilage and preservation, principles of sterilisation and storage considerations.
- Dispensing and compounding skills in the preparation of topical dosage forms including creams, ointments, gels, colloids and transdermal preparations.
- Sunscreen formulations.
4. Aging of the skin.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.
Pre-requisite - successful completion of PHAR1101 and PHAR1201
Formal Examination: Written exam *
In Term Test: Examination Class *
Practical Demonstration: Dispensing/Practical assessments *
Journal: Placement Journal *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Integrated Learning Session: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Journal: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must complete the placement, receive a satisfactory rating from the preceptor, and complete the placement activities reflective journal to be able to pass the course.
- In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass a combination of the in-term and formal examination and pass the course overall to be able to pass the course.
- Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass a combination of the in-term and formal examination and pass the course overall to be able to pass the course
- Practical Demonstration: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - An overall mark of ≥60% from the combined mid-term and final dispensing assessments is required to pass the dispensing assessment and to be deemed competent in compounding and pharmaceutical dispensing in this course.
- NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
Integrated Learning Session
Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks
Online 30 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term
This will include an in term exam & Placement Briefing session