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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maria G. Tanzi, Pharm.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a comprehensive resource that covers basic information on prescription products. All medications are presented in a monograph format and each review contains mechanism of action, pharmacokinetic data, and dosing recommendations.
Purpose: The book is designed to act as a quick reference for basic drug information. It supplies the user with appropriate information to safely and effectively administer drug therapy.
Audience: It can be used by a variety of healthcare professionals and would be well suited for nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and students.
Features: The book covers prescription medications approved in the United States. It is organized alphabetically by generic drug name and each medication is presented as a brief monograph. The information presented for each medication includes generic/brand name, classification, pregnancy category, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic effects/uses, dosing recommendations, drug interactions, adverse effects, contraindications, clinical implications, and patient/family education. In addition to the monographs, the book contains a variety of useful appendixes organized into tables/charts. Some of the appendixes cover ocular medications, low molecular weight heparins, inhaled/topical corticosteroids, oral dosage forms that should not be crushed, and prescription combination drugs.
Assessment: The book is well written and organized in a user-friendly manner. It is updated yearly and contains information on the most recently approved prescription products. It is quite comprehensive and is a good resource to have for quick dosing information.