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The administration of the right dose to the right patient is of paramount importance to obtain an optimal drug response within the scope of clinical pharmacology and tailored medicine. The marketing of safer and more efficient drug entities, along with the development of new drug administration devices provide a major boost for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, beyond our imagination. However dose adjustment is not enough to produced the desired effect, and drug therapy should include an appropriate route of drug administration. Currently, there are many different and sophisticated methods to incorporate drugs into the patients that nurses should be familiar with. When there is no contraindication, oral route of drug administration is of choice and most frequently used as a physiological pathway of drug intake.


Juan Antonio Carillo Norte, Yolanda Gañán Presmanes. Anatomophysiological bases of drug administration. Dosage forms and routes of administration]. Revista de enfermería (Barcelona, Spain). 2010 Dec;33(12):28-32, 35-9

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