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Written for pharmacy technicians, and addressing the competencies developed by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians, 2nd Edition helps you learn to calculate drug dosages safely and accurately. A practical worktext format covers everything from basic math skills to reading and interpreting labels and physicians' orders, introducing key calculation and conversion concepts and then providing hundreds of problems so you can practice and master the material. Other vital topics include conversions between the various measurement systems, reconstituting liquid medications, and calculating medications based on a patient's age or body weight. Written by experienced pharmacist Robert Fulcher and educator Eugenia Fulcher, Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians helps you learn calculation skills and develop the competencies needed by pharmacy technicians.

  • Learning objectives and definitions of key words begin each chapter.
  • Pretests in each chapter allow readers to assess their current knowledge of specific topics.
  • Step-by-step examples make it easy to learn and remember how to do equations and use formulas.
  • Hundreds of practice problems provide practice with calculations, conversions, and measurements.
  • Actual drug labels accompany examples and problems, for real-world experience with the information you will see in pharmacy practice.
  • Business Math for Pharmacy Technicians chapter introduces the calculations needed in retail pharmacy settings.
  • Body system icons appear next to medication names to help you associate different drugs with their respective disorders and body systems.
  • Points to Remember boxes make it easy to learn and remember key information.
  • Review of Rules sections in each chapter summarize the rules and methods for performing equations.
  • Chapter reviews provide a quick summary of the key concepts in each chapter.
  • Posttests in each chapter allow you to assess how well you have learned the material.
  • A comprehensive posttest includes 50 questions that assess your knowledge of all major topics covered in the book.
  • Helpful study tools also include an answer key for odd-numbered problems and a comprehensive glossary.
  • Updated content meets ASHP requirements and features new topics such as powder volume and compounding problems, formulas for reducing and enlarging medications, and opportunities to write out prescription label directions.
  • Tech Note boxes offer helpful advice on real-life situations you may encounter in the pharmacy.
  • Tech Alert boxes warn against common pharmacy and medication errors that could impact patients' safety.
  • Additional prescription and practice exercises give you valuable experience with translating physician directions into patient instructions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721606422
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/18/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction and Basic Math Skills

1. Assessment of Mathematical Skills Needed in Health Occupations

2. Review of Basic Mathematical Skills

Section II: Measurements Used in Health Care and Conversions Between Measurement Systems

3. Conversion of Clinical Measurements of Numbers, Time and Temperature

4. Comparisons of Measurement Systems

5. Conversions between Measurement Systems

Section III: Medication and Prescription Orders and Their Calculations

6. Interpretation of Medication Labels and Orders

7. Calculation of Solid Oral Doses and Dosages

8. Calculate Doses of Liquid Oral and Parenteral Medications

9. Reconstitution of Powders or Crystals into Liquid Medications

Section IV: Special Medication Calculations

10. Calculation of Medications for Special Populations Based on Body Weight and Patient Age

11. Calculation of Medications Measured in Units, Milliequivalents and Percents of Concentration

12. Calculation of Medications for Intravenous Uses

13. Calculation of Mixtures from Stock Medications

14. Interpreting Physician's Orders for Dosages

Section V: Business Math

15. Business Math for Pharmacy Technicians


Comprehensive Post-Test

Answer Key (for odd-numbered problems only)



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  • Posted May 13, 2009

    Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians

    The Work book made sense! I was having a hard time understand converting from one system to another. The work book made it easy to grasp. I highly recommend the book for anyone studying to be a Pharmacy Tech. or a Nurse.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    I needed this book to help me recertify after many years out of

    I needed this book to help me recertify after many years out of the Pharm. Tech career. This book could have been EXTREMELY helpful if not for the many math errors.  Due to this, I do not feel confident following the examples or accepting the answer key answers as accurate.  After finding the first few mistakes, I attributed it to simple normal productions errors.  However, as I proceeded through the examples, I found too many errors to brush them off.  I also spent too much time on finding correct examples and confirming I was doing the problems right and the book was wrong. Because of all the effort spent correcting the book, I have to rate it as POOR.  Examples: Ch. 2, Practice Problems G; Instructions state to reduce to lowest terms. #1 2/3 X 3/5 = 2/5 Answer Key shows 6/15. #17  4 3/4 X 3 5/9 = 16 8/9 Answer Key shows 16 5/6.  #31  3/4 ÷ 4/7 = 1 5/16 Answer Key shows 21/16. Yes, these are simple errors in reduction or lack thereof. Then, further into the book examples are stated straight out wrong.  i.e. page 41 shows to divide 2 by 1.0 to get the result 0.5 (2 ÷ 1.0 = 0.5), and divide 4 by 3 to get 0.75 (4 ÷ 3 = 0.75). Example on page 53 explains how to convert a fraction to a percent. After walking through the steps correctly, the answer, 260% is said to be “2.6% is the same as 2 3/5.  The answer is 260%.  Then the worst of all (this is where I stopped using the book) in Ch. 2, Practice Problems R: questions #3, 7, 9, 15, and 19 have wrong answers in the answer key. Instructions, convert the percentages to fractions. #3 1 1/4% = 1/80 Answer Key says 125/1, #7  2/3% = 1/150 Answer Key says 66 2/3, #9  1 1/20% = 21/2000 Answer Key says 105, #15  0.66% = 33/5000 Answer Key says 3/500, and #19  0.025% = 1/4000 Answer Key says 1/40.  Mind you, the instructions say to convert to a fraction. Answer for #9 is 105! They don’t even put it over 1 like they did in the equally incorrect answer to #3 125/1.  My rating is POOR.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Never received the book they claim was shipped

    Says Item shipped but they did not even have the book in stock, was then refunded. Why list item if you dont have it in stock! Why say it shipped if you dont have it to ship! DONT ORDER FROM!

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    Posted March 15, 2010

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