Blumenthal will teach a two-hour course limited to 20 fifth-year pharmacy students on "Herbs and Phytomedicines" in the fall 1997 semester. Co-teaching the course will be Dr. Pat Davis, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Associate Dean. According to Dr. Davis, the course filled up in the first two days of registration for the fall semester, evidence of the interest and popularity of the subject of herbal medicine among pharmacy students. The course is also a prerequisite for students who may choose a six-week elective rotation (internship) at ABC during their sixth year, as part of the experiential component of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm. D.).
Blumenthal and Davis have developed a course plan that includes a review of the history of herbs and medicinal plants in medicine and pharmacy, therapeutic profiles of the major herbs and phytomedicines sold in the U.S. market, legal and regulatory issues surrounding the sale and labeling of herbal products, quality control issues and good manufacturing practices, the role of ethnobotany in drug development, and related topics. Resource materials will include pharmacognosy textbooks, articles from Herbal-Gram and ABC's Classic Botanical Reprints series, ABC's Botanical Booklet series and other monographs and review articles, and the German Commission E monographs, as well as other publications.
Dr. Davis notes that the scheduling of this course is a direct result of student requests that such a course be developed, based on their recognizing the importance of the subject matter, and their having heard Professor Blumenthal speak on this subject in the College's Honors Seminar series.
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