Definition and History

  • Jürgen Drews

Abstract

Immunopharmacology is a still young pharmacological and therapeutic discipline that has grown out of the increasingly more closely interconnected “classical” fields of immunology and pharmacology. The term “immunopharmacology” has been in regular, though not necessarily precise use for about fifteen years only. To some people, immunopharmacology means the effect of pharmaceutical agents on the immune system and its functions, and where these agents come from is of little significance — they may be endogenous, synthetic or of microbial origin. Others tend to consider immunopharmacology as the achievement of pharmacological effects with immunological products, i.e. with antibodies, lymphokines and other factors, mostly consisting of proteins. For clinicians, on the other hand, immunopharmacology is more likely to be the basis for treatment of diseases of the immune system, particularly the autoimmune diseases and anaphylactic and atopic reactions.

Keywords

Arthritis Carbapenems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Drews
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  1. 1.F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.BasleSwitzerland

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