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From The CriticsReviewer:Christina A. Kanafotska, PharmD(Midwestern University)
Description:This book has 37 chapters organized by nonprescription drug categories. Each chapter provides patient assessment questions, overviews of disease pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy, product selection guidelines, and patient education or counseling recommendations. In this tenth edition, product ingredient tables have been moved to a separate section and are no longer at the end of each chapter. Codes designating products geared toward special patient needs, e.g., sugar or caffeine free, have been incorporated into the product tables.
Purpose:The American Pharmaceutical Association meets its desired purpose of providing a compendium that will aid pharmacists' provision of safe, effective, appropriate, and economical nonprescription drug use.
Audience:Although the handbook is geared toward pharmacists and pharmacy students, other health care providers and even consumers will find this easy-to-read book useful.
Features:This new soft-bound edition provides a more standardized format and uses teal green, not red, to highlight information. Topics are indexed by product trade names, chapter or product table titles, and chapter subheadings. Line drawings illustrate anatomic features, and the few color plates focus on oral and dermatologic manifestations of diseases. Although the quantity varies chapter-to-chapter, up-to-date references are used in every chapter.
Assessment:This book is comprehensive and current and provides useful, practical information about nonprescription drug products. It fills a niche in the provision ofpharmaceutical care in the self-care movement. The provision of periodic product table updates with this edition will ensure that the handbook remains the single best compendium for nonprescription drug products. A companion case studies workbook can be used to educate students and to provide 21 hours of continuing education for pharmacists' relicensure.