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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Albert I Wertheimer, BS, MBA, PhD (Temple University School of Pharmacy)
Description: The book covers just about any topic one might imagine in pharmacy practice and medication usage. Laws, rules, and regulations are explained using actual cases, legislation, and court decisions. This edition offers a great deal of new material, which is described early in the book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a source of the facts of pharmacy law along with a degree of depth to support these facts while stimulating critical thinking. This is a very reasonable goal, since pharmacy graduates need to understand the legal environment in which they will practice to help guide their practice behaviors.
Audience: The major audience is pharmacy students enrolled in pharmacy law or jurisprudence courses. In addition, the book makes an excellent reference for store managers and pharmacists already in practice in all settings. The author, Professor Abood, is one of the top one or two experts in pharmacy law in the United States.
Features: Each of the eight chapters includes study scenarios, questions, and case studies. The chapters progress from macro to micro, with the earliest chapters covering state and federal law and the judicial system, before moving on to regulations on manufacturing, dispensing, and malpractice. The topics of controlled substances, privacy, generic drugs, and Medicare and Medicaid programs get ample coverage. The book is easy to use with a reader friendly glossary, fairly thorough index, and a table of cases. Another of the book's superb features is the companion website for purchasers of the book who register online. Some additional graphics, cartoons, or diagrams would break up the nearly 500 pages of line after line text.
Assessment: This book is truly outstanding, as one would expect with the benefit of feedback and reader suggestions from the previous six editions. This edition has new Medicaid and Medicare information and an explanation of the Affordable Care Act. In fact, all eight chapters have valuable additions.