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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gina Chan, Pharm.D.(St. Joseph Medical Center)
Description: This small, compact drug reference contains information on 1,100 of the most commonly prescribed medications. This update includes an additional 87 medications that have come on the market since the previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The book is arranged so that each medication is listed alphabetically according to generic name and provides information on pronunciation, trade name(s), therapeutic class, general FDA-approved therapeutic use(s), and commercially available dosage forms/strengths.
Audience: It is intended for use by pharmacy technicians, but pharmacy students and pharmacy interns may also it useful. It would be useful more so in the outpatient setting than in the inpatient setting. The editor has served as the primary author for several editions of this reference.
Features: This pocket reference provides only the five noted informational points for each medication. Medications are listed in alphabetical order by generic name and in the index by trade name. Two appendixes provide a brief description of controlled substance schedules and a list of the top 200 medications commonly prescribed in outpatient and inpatient settings. Injectable medications listed in this reference do not provide concentrations, and a few commonly used injectable medications are not listed.
Assessment: I can see how this book is useful in the outpatient setting as a quick reference. It provides information such as therapeutic class, but it does not provide the pharmacological class.