Drug-discovery has become a complex discipline in which the amount of knowledge about human biology, physiology, and biochemistry have increased. In order to harness this complex body of knowledge mathematics can play a critical role, and has actually already been doing so. We demonstrate through four case studies, taken from previously published data and analyses, what we can gain from mathematical/analytical techniques when nonlinear concentration-time courses have to be transformed into their equilibrium concentration-response (target or complex) relationships and new structures of drug potency have to be deciphered; when pattern recognition needs to be carried out for an unconventional response-time dataset; when what-if? predictions beyond the observational concentration-time range need to be made; or when the behaviour of a semi-mechanistic model needs to be elucidated or challenged. These four examples are typical situations when standard approaches known to the general community of pharmacokineticists prove to be inadequate.
Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 7, 2017
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