Drug Interactions—Clinical Significance of Drug—Drug Interactions and Drug Effects on Clinical Laboratory Results. By Philip D Hansten, Pharm D. Price, $9.50. Pp 437. Lea & Febiger, Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19106, 1971.
The phenomenon of the interaction of drugs taken with therapeutic intent is far from new. Only the importance of drug interaction upon the human organism is new. One of the reasons why drug interaction has not been accorded the importance it deserves is that methods of assessing it have not been developed; another, that untoward or bizarre effects may not have been thought of as due to the interaction of drugs. A motto, such as drug interaction, is needed to stimulate people to consider it as a possible explanation of unexpected happenings or to sharpen observation on unaccustomed effects certain drugs may have. An added impetus was given to this subject by the study of side effects of drugs.