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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Lynn Moody, BSPharm (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This reference book on pharmacy law is designed for use by faculty teaching pharmacy law courses as a textbook to guide the students through the various aspects and applications of law.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of pharmacy law in the U.S.
Audience: This book is intended for use primarily by students and faculty involved in pharmacy law coursework. It is of some value to the practicing pharmacist who would like to review specific applications of the law.
Features: This edition has been condensed from 16 chapters into eight. The first five are an introduction to the law, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the Controlled Substance Act. In the next chapter the authors focus on the federal influences that impact the practice of pharmacy (e.g. OBRA, Medicare, Medicaid). In the seventh chapter they describe the state responsibilities in regulating pharmacy and in the final chapter they discuss malpractice issues. There are summary cases at the end of each chapter, designed to promote lively discussion in the classroom. They are particularly helpful in illustrating various interpretations of the law.
Assessment: This reference is well written and extremely valuable to faculty teaching students pharmacy law. The authors clearly have a great depth and breadth of experience in this area and have incorporated many changes based on feedback from those using this reference in coursework. The cases have been added to this edition to stimulate critical thinking by the students and embrace the educational philosophy of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Using the cases in a classroom setting, students can learn to understand that pharmacy law is not always black-and-white.