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About the book

Question & Answer Review for the Pharmacy Technician is an indispensable resource for certification exam preparation. Organized by the key content areas, this review book provides comprehensive, clear, concise information on all of the unique needs of the pharmacy technician. A large collection of review questions, comprehensive rationales and accompanying CD-ROM provide a definitive study edge. As you build confidence by digging into this rich content review, you will find that the Prentice Hall Health test preparation system is a blueprint for success across the boards!

Boost Your Scores, Launch Your Career!

Our technology solutions allow you to gain more practice and review. Load the CD-ROM that accompanies this book to find additional sample exam-like questions and rationales.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Laila Elkadi, BSc Pharm, MBA (Temple University Health System - Northeastern Hospital)
Description: This is an excellent review for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination, and a great learning tool with over 1,300 comprehensive questions and fully explained answers rationalized in an easy to understand language. The CD-ROM gives readers the flexibility and mobility to study and practice. It also allows them to time their answers in preparation for the certification exam.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist the reader in studying for and successfully completing the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. The author's statement: "... Pharmacy ... is in constant evolution..." has never been more relevant than it is today. More and more state boards of pharmacy are recognizing the need for knowledgeable and competent pharmacy technicians, and hope to achieve that by certification and required continuing education. It is only a matter of time before pharmacy technicians are required to successfully complete the exam and this is an excellent resource for them. In six chapters, the book meets the author's objectives to be a valuable review tool that covers all aspects of the job skills and knowledge needed: "Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patient Medications," "Mathematical and Pharmaceutical Calculations," "Pharmacy and Medical Terminology," "Dispensing Process and Information Resources," "Medication Distribution and Inventory System," and "Management of Facilities, Resources, Information and Understanding of the Laws Relating to Pharmacy."
Audience: In addition to being a valuable review tool for examination candidates and their educators, this book can be used as a textbook for a technician training program or a supplementary text for on-the-job technician training. The authors have many years of experience in pharmacy practice and in supervising, educating, and training pharmacy technicians and current knowledge of the examination functional areas.
Features: This book begins with an introduction to the current format of the exam. Well written and easy to follow, this book covers prescription dispensing, medications' brand and generic names, medications' usage, interactions and side effects, pharmaceutical calculations, medical terminology, pharmacy law, inventory control and information management, all within the pharmacy technician's role of service. The calculations chapter is short, but includes problems that refer to commonly used medications and every day simple dilutions. The index and the CD-ROM are very helpful.
Assessment: "This book compares favorably to similar books. Its question/answer format serves as a learning tool as well as an examination review. I would most definitely recommend it to my students and those who are serious about passing the certification exam as a good study guide that is easy to read and to remember. "

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130416506
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Prentice Hall SUCCESS! Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Stoogenke, R.Ph. is a licensed pharmacist on staff at MercyMedicalCenter in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a senior health care analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Health Care Financing Administration). As President of Pharma-Tech Training, Inc. he trains many pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technician candidates. He is also the author of The Pharmacy Technician, 3rd edition also published by Prentice Hall.

Peter Le, R.Ph., MBA is the Director of Pharmacy at Leland Medical Plaza in Garland, Texas. He received his degree in pharmacy from the University of Texas and his MBA in finance from Texas A&M University. He has taught pharmacy technician training courses at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas.

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INTRODUCTION

Health care is dynamic. Pharmacy as part of this dynamic environment is in constant evolution. Changes mean new roles for the current cast and openings for new cast members. Although pharmacy technicians have been practicing for some time, until now their role was rudimentary. The traditional pharmacy technician supported distributive services under the supervision of a pharmacist by performing simple tasks. These included filling the prescription with the appropriate drug, packaging the medication in the proper container, and affixing the label containing the directions for use as intended by the prescriber. Pharmacy practice, regardless of the setting, was basic and the pharmacy technician's role was, likewise, basic. The fundamental tenet guiding the pharmacy technician has been to provide the right drug to the right patient at the right time.

As health-care delivery changes to accommodate the needs and wants of patients, legislative mandates, technology, and much more, the services associated with pharmacy practice also change. Pharmacists who practice only distributive pharmacy are recognizing that they must expand their roles to include providing information to patients and to other health-care professionals. In addition, pharmacists have a more significant role in other non-distributive pharmacy practices such as cost containment, formulary services, and third-party payers. The pharmacy technician closes the potential gap in traditional pharmacy delivery that these major changes in health care are creating. However, in order to continue to deliver the traditional services of pharmacy without interruption in patient care, pharmacy technicians mustbe qualified by having the proper knowledge, appropriate skills, and competence to provide these services.

In order to assure the smooth operation of distributive pharmacy, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board certification program was developed to assist in defining the role of pharmacy technicians. Certification is a significant career progression that establishes uniformity of knowledge, consistency in applying that knowledge, and the basis for a standard of practice. The National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination is a formal vehicle by which pharmacy technicians are determined to be qualified to perform the tasks associated with distributive pharmacy practice.

The author designed this text to assist the reader in studying for and successfully completing the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. In addition, this review guide is a valuable tool for students in on-the-job training programs or informalized pharmacy technician training programs. It can be used in conjunction with a pharmacy textbook such as The Pharmacy Technician, a drug handbook such as the Drug Information Handbook, and a medical dictionary. The questions are comprehensive, easily read, and aligned with the national examination. As an enhancement to the learning experience, many questions were derived from actual pharmacy events.

The qualified pharmacy technician applies the principles of accurate and safe pharmacy practice. This is accomplished through knowledge of drug names and uses, medical and pharmacy terminology and abbreviations, calculations, laws regulating practice, and common disease states, symptoms, and the medications used to treat them. The pharmacy technician's responsibilities and activities are governed by standards of ethics. These standards direct the pharmacy technician in the selection of the appropriate drug, correct strength and form, and the preparation of understandable label directions for the patient or caregiver.

This review book tests the extent of knowledge required to do the job while assuring that the patient's safety and well-being are primary. The author has tried to correlate principles derived from pharmacy ethics with the information required for the certification examination. Certification is a means of establishing credibility. Certification is the first step. OVERVIEW

Question and Answer Review for the Pharmacy Technician is a basic review guide to help you structure your study for the national certification examination and to assist you with classroom work or on-the-job tr4ining programs. This review book contains an abundance of questions to prepare you for taking tests. The questions are constructed to assist you in studying for each section of the certification examination for pharmacy technicians.

The National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination is used to test the qualifications of individuals working in a pharmacy setting who work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The role, duties, and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician are supportive. The pharmacy technician assists the pharmacist in delivering services. Hence, the examination focuses predominantly on the area of "Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients." This area of the examination is worth 64% of the total score. It focuses on traditional distributive pharmacy activities that involve the processing of drug orders. The pharmacy technician's job includes receiving the drug request by prescription (traditionally used in the outpatient setting) or medication order (typically found in the inpatient or institutional setting). Competence is measured by the ability to process new orders or refills received in various formats (hardcopy or electronic) as well as thoroughness in assessing authenticity and patient information regarding allergies, sensitivities, previous adverse reactions, and illness.

Questions test the candidate's knowledge of products, calculations, conversions, and terminology. (Note: drug products are indicated by brand or trade names in capital letters and generic names in lower case letters). Various specifics within pharmacy practice are covered and include compounding, intravenous admixture preparation, packaging, labeling, and various types of record keeping.

The second area of the examination deals with "Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems." This section contributes 25% to the overall test. Activities in this section include the handling of drugs to assure their availability. Pharmacy technicians are expected to understand the purchasing process, inventory control, and stocking in accordance with approved job-centered policies and procedures. The candidate should be aware of the way orders to vendors are placed, the activities initiated when goods are received, and the controls which assure orders can be filled using available stock without exceeding the pharmacy's budget. The pharmacy technician should note that stock in many cases includes more than drugs. Stock may also include durable medical equipment inventory, devices, and supplies.

The third and final area of concentration, "Operations," includes administrative functions pertinent to pharmacy operations. These include human resources, facilities and equipment maintenance, communications, policies and procedures, compliance with regulations and professional standards, and the use of computer systems. This section is 11 % of the overall test.

Studying this review text in conjunction with the author's textbook, The Pharmacy Technician, a drug handbook, and a medical dictionary should provide abundant information covering each area of the examination. Preparation, as well as a good night's rest, is essential to successful completion of the examination.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter contains objectives, questions, and answers.)

Preface.

Introduction.

1. Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients.

2. Mathematical and Pharmaceutical Calculations.

3. Pharmacy and Medical Terminology.

4. Dispensing Process and Information Resource.

5. Purchasing, Inventory Control, and Preparation and Distribution of Inventory.

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Preface

INTRODUCTION

Health care is dynamic. Pharmacy as part of this dynamic environment is in constant evolution. Changes mean new roles for the current cast and openings for new cast members. Although pharmacy technicians have been practicing for some time, until now their role was rudimentary. The traditional pharmacy technician supported distributive services under the supervision of a pharmacist by performing simple tasks. These included filling the prescription with the appropriate drug, packaging the medication in the proper container, and affixing the label containing the directions for use as intended by the prescriber. Pharmacy practice, regardless of the setting, was basic and the pharmacy technician's role was, likewise, basic. The fundamental tenet guiding the pharmacy technician has been to provide the right drug to the right patient at the right time.

As health-care delivery changes to accommodate the needs and wants of patients, legislative mandates, technology, and much more, the services associated with pharmacy practice also change. Pharmacists who practice only distributive pharmacy are recognizing that they must expand their roles to include providing information to patients and to other health-care professionals. In addition, pharmacists have a more significant role in other non-distributive pharmacy practices such as cost containment, formulary services, and third-party payers. The pharmacy technician closes the potential gap in traditional pharmacy delivery that these major changes in health care are creating. However, in order to continue to deliver the traditional services of pharmacy without interruption in patient care, pharmacy technicians must be qualified by having the proper knowledge, appropriate skills, and competence to provide these services.

In order to assure the smooth operation of distributive pharmacy, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board certification program was developed to assist in defining the role of pharmacy technicians. Certification is a significant career progression that establishes uniformity of knowledge, consistency in applying that knowledge, and the basis for a standard of practice. The National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination is a formal vehicle by which pharmacy technicians are determined to be qualified to perform the tasks associated with distributive pharmacy practice.

The author designed this text to assist the reader in studying for and successfully completing the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. In addition, this review guide is a valuable tool for students in on-the-job training programs or informalized pharmacy technician training programs. It can be used in conjunction with a pharmacy textbook such as The Pharmacy Technician, a drug handbook such as the Drug Information Handbook, and a medical dictionary. The questions are comprehensive, easily read, and aligned with the national examination. As an enhancement to the learning experience, many questions were derived from actual pharmacy events.

The qualified pharmacy technician applies the principles of accurate and safe pharmacy practice. This is accomplished through knowledge of drug names and uses, medical and pharmacy terminology and abbreviations, calculations, laws regulating practice, and common disease states, symptoms, and the medications used to treat them. The pharmacy technician's responsibilities and activities are governed by standards of ethics. These standards direct the pharmacy technician in the selection of the appropriate drug, correct strength and form, and the preparation of understandable label directions for the patient or caregiver.

This review book tests the extent of knowledge required to do the job while assuring that the patient's safety and well-being are primary. The author has tried to correlate principles derived from pharmacy ethics with the information required for the certification examination. Certification is a means of establishing credibility. Certification is the first step.

OVERVIEW

Question and Answer Review for the Pharmacy Technician is a basic review guide to help you structure your study for the national certification examination and to assist you with classroom work or on-the-job tr4ining programs. This review book contains an abundance of questions to prepare you for taking tests. The questions are constructed to assist you in studying for each section of the certification examination for pharmacy technicians.

The National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination is used to test the qualifications of individuals working in a pharmacy setting who work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The role, duties, and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician are supportive. The pharmacy technician assists the pharmacist in delivering services. Hence, the examination focuses predominantly on the area of "Assisting the Pharmacist in Serving Patients." This area of the examination is worth 64% of the total score. It focuses on traditional distributive pharmacy activities that involve the processing of drug orders. The pharmacy technician's job includes receiving the drug request by prescription (traditionally used in the outpatient setting) or medication order (typically found in the inpatient or institutional setting). Competence is measured by the ability to process new orders or refills received in various formats (hardcopy or electronic) as well as thoroughness in assessing authenticity and patient information regarding allergies, sensitivities, previous adverse reactions, and illness.

Questions test the candidate's knowledge of products, calculations, conversions, and terminology. (Note: drug products are indicated by brand or trade names in capital letters and generic names in lower case letters). Various specifics within pharmacy practice are covered and include compounding, intravenous admixture preparation, packaging, labeling, and various types of record keeping.

The second area of the examination deals with "Maintaining Medication and Inventory Control Systems." This section contributes 25% to the overall test. Activities in this section include the handling of drugs to assure their availability. Pharmacy technicians are expected to understand the purchasing process, inventory control, and stocking in accordance with approved job-centered policies and procedures. The candidate should be aware of the way orders to vendors are placed, the activities initiated when goods are received, and the controls which assure orders can be filled using available stock without exceeding the pharmacy's budget. The pharmacy technician should note that stock in many cases includes more than drugs. Stock may also include durable medical equipment inventory, devices, and supplies.

The third and final area of concentration, "Operations," includes administrative functions pertinent to pharmacy operations. These include human resources, facilities and equipment maintenance, communications, policies and procedures, compliance with regulations and professional standards, and the use of computer systems. This section is 11 % of the overall test.

Studying this review text in conjunction with the author's textbook, The Pharmacy Technician, a drug handbook, and a medical dictionary should provide abundant information covering each area of the examination. Preparation, as well as a good night's rest, is essential to successful completion of the examination.

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