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0405 — Pharmacology Series

This series covers positions the duties of which are primarily to administer, advise on, supervise, or perform research, analytical, advisory, or other professional and scientific work in the discipline of pharmacology. Such work requires the application of a knowledge of the history, sources, physical and chemical properties, biochemical, toxic, and physiological effects, mechanisms of action, absorption, distribution, metabolism, biotransformation and excretion, and therapeutic and other uses of drugs. Pharmacology: (1) involves the many aspects of the action of drugs or similar agents on living systems and their constituent parts, ranging from the intermolecular reactions of chemical compounds in a cell with drugs, to the evaluation of the effectiveness of a drug or agent in the treatment of human disease; and (2) requires intensive preparation and training in organic chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology; the application and interpretation of a full range of methods, procedures, and techniques relative to the action of drugs or similar agents, but does not require full professional training in medicine or veterinary medicine.