Pharmacy Law and Practiceby Jon Merrills, Jonathan Fisher, J. Merrills
The fifth edition of Pharmacy Law and Practice provides a straightforward and useable guide for students, practitioners, academics and others interested in pharmacy law and practice in the United Kingdom. This multi-dimensional book includes discussions of socio-political influences on legal developments to provide greater insight to the reader. It/i>/b>
The fifth edition of Pharmacy Law and Practice provides a straightforward and useable guide for students, practitioners, academics and others interested in pharmacy law and practice in the United Kingdom. This multi-dimensional book includes discussions of socio-political influences on legal developments to provide greater insight to the reader. It clearly sets out the background to regulatory issues together with simple and practical statements of what a pharmacist has to do to obey the law. As in previous editions, this book discusses topics thematically rather than by statute. It is a unique and reader-friendly guide that boils down the complex or difficult language of the law, describes the reasons behind it, and illustrates the application to pharmacy practice.
- Thoroughly updated to reflect regulatory and legal developments in areas including employment law, online transactions and internet pharmacies, non-medical prescribing and more
- Takes an intuitive, problem-solving approach and discusses topics thematically rather than by statute to show how all of the larger pieces fit together
- The electronic version of this book contains valuable links to provide readers with the most current information in a rapidly changing subject area
Description: This book on pharmacy law and practice describes the law rather than just listing the acts and cases that make up the law applying to community pharmacy. Many chapters further describe the law in great detail for various, even obscure, areas of community pharmacy. Since new laws are always being implemented, each edition has been a complete rewrite. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to concentrate on the laws that apply to community pharmacy as well as other areas which the authors consider relevant for community pharmacists. The book does meet these worthy objectives, but it contains so much information that it may actually be confusing to community pharmacists.
Audience: The book is intended specifically for community pharmacists, but it is probably only useful for highly ambitious community pharmacists or lawyers representing pharmacists.
Features: It begins with a basic history of law through the National Health Service in the U.K. and then branches off into other areas, including rural dispensing. Each chapter covers an aspect of law thoroughly, but this does not make up for the abundant shortcomings of this book. In its depth, it is really only useful as a reference for obscure information related to pharmacy law. The book covers European and international law and targets American and international pharmacists. However, the law overall can be a confusing topic, and U.S. laws vary state to state. Adding the international aspect makes the book even more difficult to use. Perhaps the title should clearly indicate that this book covers international practice. The prose is uninspired and readers are likely to lose interest almost immediately.
Assessment: In comparison to other books on pharmacy law, this one excels in quantity, not quality. In taking on both American and international law, which vary greatly, and attempting to tie them together, the book ends up being confusing and misleading. I cannot recommend it.
- Elsevier Science
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