Molecular pharmaceutics represents interdisciplinary specialties within the pharmaceutical sciences and encompasses a range of scientific endeavors, including
- the design, fabrication, and evaluation of dosage forms and delivery strategies for conventional and biotechnology-based therapeutic agents;
- elucidation of barriers to systemic and target-specific drug delivery;
- determination of the ability of pharmacologic agents to reach the relevant site of biologic effect; and
- determination of the time course of biologic activity.
These areas of specialization represent critical steps in the development of new therapeutic agents, the evaluation of new and existing agents in a variety of settings (e.g., potential interactions with other agents or alterations secondary to physiologic changes associated with disease processes), and the optimal clinical use of pharmacologic agents.