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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patrick J McDonnell, Pharm.D.(Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that details the features of pharmacy services within and from hospital-based pharmacies in the United Kingdom. Facets of hospital services including purchasing, supply, and distributive and clinical pharmacy functions are among the many topics covered.
Purpose: The primary focus is on describing hospital pharmacy services in the U.K. For practitioners and students of pharmacy in the U.K., these are certainly worthy objectives. As a U.S. pharmacist, I found the book of interest to compare and contrast how hospital pharmacy is practiced in both countries. Pharmacy practitioners from other countries interested in or researching practice in the U.K. would find this an easy-to-use resource.
Audience: The target audience would, of course, be those in the field, either already practicing pharmacists or pharmacy students, particularly in the U.K.
Features: The book begins with a historical perspective of hospital pharmacy practice in the U.K., followed by chapters on purchasing of drugs, medicine supply and automation, controlled drug policies, technical and professional services. Subsequent chapters focus on quality assurance, medication safety, clinical services, and strategic medicine management. From technical services to legal issues, purchasing, and clinical services, the full range of services is covered. Later chapters highlighting informational technology and management also provide insights into those areas, for readers who wish to advance from staff positions into these areas of practice.
Assessment: This book certainly provides readers with a solid understanding of the practice of hospital-based pharmacy in the U.K. U.S. readers who may be doing research on international pharmacy may want to refer to this book. I found it interesting to see how many similarities in the general practice of pharmacy there are between the U.K. and U.S.