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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)



First Advisor

James C King

First Committee Member

Donald Y Barker

Second Committee Member

Carl C Reidesel

Third Committee Member

Ivon N Rowand


Within the past several years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the phenomena of drug-drug interactions and their importance in the therapeutic regimen of patients for whom multiple therapeutic agents might be indicated. The rather sudden concern for this aspect of medical and pharmaceutical practice is evidenced by the proliferation of literature devoted to the topic for both professions. While iatrogenic disease has long been recognized as one of the hazards inherent in prescribing practices, only isolated reports of specific interactions were found until recently. Although it cannot be said with certainty when the first interaction of two drugs was noticed, such possibilities began to come to light with the observation that concomitant administration of an antacid with a tetracycline would impair the absorption or the anti- biotic (1). A concerted effort to bring order to our recognising and understanding of such interactions has taken place only within the past ten years





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