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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brett L. Geiger, PharmD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This seventh edition book provides monographs for over 650 medications. It has been updated from the previous edition.
Purpose: The purpose is two-fold: it may be used by patients to help inform them about the medications they are taking; and it can also aid the health professional with medication counseling.
Audience: This book is targeted toward the patient and lay public. Pharmacists may use this reference to enhance patient counseling responsibilities. The American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP), a well respected pharmacy organization, produced it and has consulted numerous experts in various pharmaceutical fields.
Features: This book provides monographs for over 650 drugs. The monographs include sections on a drug's purpose, side effects, dietary considerations, storage suggestions, special considerations, and precautions. It also includes sections on home infusion medications and cancer chemotherapy. Other patient education sections include illustrated and written instructions on how to use metered dose inhalers, ear/eye drops, suppositories, etc. This updated edition complies with the Action Plan for the Provisions of Useful Prescription Medication Information passed by Congress in 1997 whose aim is to improve written information for patients about their prescription medication. Some drawbacks of this book include its bulky size and expensive suggested retail price. Also, this reference contains much of the same written information provided for free by many retail pharmacies.
Assessment: This seventh edition book has been updated, reviewed, and includes recently approved medications. It also complies with Congress' Action Plan and has increased readability through the use of shorter, bulleted phrases. This is a well written book that helps answer patients' most frequently asked questions. Both pharmacists and patients may find it beneficial. However, certain drawbacks may limit its intended audience.