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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.