Drug activity: A measure of the physiological response that a drug produces. A less active drug produces less response, and a more active drug produces more response.
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): Every prescription written in the United States bears a DEA number, that of the prescribing doctor, the DEA being the Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice. Historically, the DEA’s roots go back to the founding in 1930 of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. During World War II, international […]
- Drug resistance
Drug resistance: The ability of bacteria and other microorganisms to withstand a drug that once stalled them or killed them.
- Drug test
Drug test: An examination of biologic material (such as urine, hair, saliva, or sweat) to detect the presence of specific drugs and determine prior drug use. Drug tests may be performed to detect illicit drug use as well as the use of drugs and substances not permitted in specific occupations or athletic competitions. Also known […]
- Drug, ACE-inhibitor
Drug, ACE-inhibitor: A drug that inhibits ACE. Using an ACE inhibitor relaxes the arteries, not only lowering blood pressure but also improving the pumping efficiency of a failing heart and improving cardiac output in patients with heart failure. ACE inhibitors are therefore used for blood pressure control and congestive heart failure. ACE inhibitors include benazepril […]
- Drug, anti-infective
Drug, anti-infective: Something capable of acting against infection, by inhibiting the spread of an infectious agent or by killing the infectious agent outright. Anti-infective is a general term that encompasses antibacterials, antibiotics, antifungals, antiprotozoans and antivirals.