This text is an essential study guide for undergraduates studying microbiology modules on degree courses in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. Written by two pharmacists each with over 30 years experience of teaching, research and publishing in pharmaceutical microbiology, it distills the subject down into the essential elements that pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists need to know in order to practice their profession, and it covers all the microbiology components of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's indicative syllabus that is at the heart of every UK pharmacy degree. Much of the applied microbiology that a pharmacist or pharmaceutical scientist needs to know is unique: topics like the manufacture of microbiologically sterile medicines and their subsequent protection against microbial contamination and spoilage, the detection of hazardous microorganisms in medicines and antibiotics' manufacture and assay are all covered here. Essential Microbiology for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Students displays material in an easy to-digest format and concepts are explained using diagrams, tables and pictures wherever possible.
The book contains an extensive self-assessment section that includes typical multiple choice, short answer and essay-style examination questions, and a companion website to further test your knowledge from a selection of questions along with further links to relevant sites.
Preface vii Part I Characteristics of microorganisms Chapter 1 The microbial world 3 Chapter 2 Handling and growing microorganisms 11 Chapter 3 Bacterial structure and function 21 Chapter 4 Mycology: the study of fungi 33 Chapter 5 Protozoa 43 Chapter 6 Viruses and viral infections 49 Chapter 7 Characteristics of other microorganisms and infectious agents 57 Part II Microorganisms and the treatment of infections Chapter 8 Infection and immunity 65 Chapter 9 The selection and use of antibiotics 79 Chapter 10 Antibacterial antibiotics 87 Chapter 11 Antifungal agents 95 Chapter 12 Antiviral agents 103 Chapter 13 Antibiotic resistance 117 Chapter 14 Antibiotic stewardship 127 Part III Microorganisms and the manufacture of medicines Chapter 15 Bioburdens: counting, detecting and identifying microorganisms 137 Chapter 16 Antiseptics, disinfectants and preservatives 149 Chapter 17 The manufacture of medicines: product contamination and preservation 161 Chapter 18 The design of sterilization processes 175 Chapter 19 Sterilization methods 183 Chapter 20 The use of microorganisms in the manufacture of medicines 197 Index 209