Pharmacotherapy A Pathophysiologic Approach 9/E / Edition 9

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Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach is written to help you advance the quality of patient care through evidence-based medication therapy derived from sound pharmacotherapeutic principles. The scope of this trusted classic goes beyond drug indications and dosages to include the initial selection, proper administration, and monitoring of drugs. You will find everything you need to provide safe, effective drug therapy across the full range of therapeutic categories.

This edition is enriched by more than 300 expert contributors, and every chapter has been revised and updated to reflect the latest evidence-based information and recommendations. Important features such as Key Concepts at the beginning of each chapter, Clinical Presentation tables that summarize disease signs and symptoms, and Clinical Controversies boxes that examine the complicated issues faced by students and clinicians in providing drug therapy make this text an essential learning tool for students, patient-focused pharmacists, and other health care providers.


  • A section on personalized pharmacotherapy appears in most sections
  • All diagnostic flow diagrams, treatment algorithms, dosing guideline recommendations, and monitoring approaches have been updated in full color to clearly distinguish treatment pathways
  • New drug monitoring tables have been added
  • Most of the disease-oriented chapters have incorporated evidence-based treatment guidelines that often include ratings of the level of evidence to support the key therapeutic approaches
  • Twenty-five online-only chapters are available at
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Melissa M. Ranieri, BS, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach is one of the most widely utilized and respected textbooks used in pharmacy education across the country. With its ninth edition, the reference succeeds in providing updated, evidence-based information in a concise manner that is easy to comprehend and apply.
Purpose: One of the main goals with this latest edition was to provide the most essential pathophysiologic and therapeutic concepts that young pharmacists need in practice. Each chapter has been updated with current guidelines and evidence-based medicine. However, the content is organized in such a manner as to streamline complex material. This is critical for today's pharmacist practicing in an evolving and fast-paced clinical setting. However, some of the algorithms contain perhaps too much information since the text was abbreviated. Overall, complex topics are easier to comprehend while providing accurate and current knowledge.
Audience: One of the nice features of Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach is that is useful for a variety of healthcare professionals. Although the majority of authors are pharmacists and the text is widely utilized in pharmacy education, other healthcare providers can benefit from this resource as well. The content is so comprehensive and versatile that nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and students from multiple disciplines can apply these concepts. With over 300 authors, the majority of which are PharmDs, this text is highly regarded and is one of the main pharmacotherapy references for pharmacy students and pharmacists clinicians alike.
Features: Perhaps what is most noteworthy about this ninth edition of Phamacotherapy is that the chapters really streamline information so that concepts are easier to understand. This is really important so that students can fully grasp the most clinically relevant ideas. The use of tables, charts and algorithms to summarize information is effective in most cases. However, some of the algorithms contain more information than is necessary and are harder to follow. Perhaps some of the algorithms could be simplified in future editions by including non-essential information in the text. Diagrams are enlarged and more colorful in this edition. However, some of the pathophysiology figures are more complicated compared to previous versions (i.e., osteoporosis bone remodeling). Some of the information contained in these diagrams is too detailed for the scope of practice for pharmacy. One of the noteworthy features of each chapter are the "clinical controversy" snapshots which address current issues such as pharmacogenomics or triple antithrombotic therapy in the acute coronary syndrome chapter. Overall, the text succeeds in providing current, evidence-based medicine in a more streamlined format that is easier for students and pharmacists to comprehend and apply.
Assessment: The newest version of Pharmacotherapy has improved its format so that complex topics are easier to learn and apply in clinical practice. The text utilizes diagrams, tables and algorithms efficiently to organize information that is thorough, yet easily accessible. Once again, Pharmacotherapy has provided a comprehensive, reliable and clinically relevant reference that will be highly utilized by pharmacy learners and practitioners alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071800532
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/21/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 2848
  • Sales rank: 218,968
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph DiPiro, PharmD, FCCP (Mt. Pleasant, SC),

Executive Dean and Professor,

South Carolina School of Pharmacy,

Robert Talbert, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS (San Antonio, TX)


University of Texas, Health Science Center.

Gary Yee, PharmD, FCCP (Omaha, NB)

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,

University of Nebraska, Medical Center.

Barbara Wells, PharmD, FASHP, FCCP, BCPP (Jackson, MI)

Dean and Professor, Executive Director of the Research Institute of Phamaceutical Sciences,

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

L. Michael Posey, BS Pharm (Athen, GA)

Editorial Director,

American Pharmacists Association.

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