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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Miriam A Mobley Smith, Pharm.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: This is a concise yet comprehensive book containing a listing of over 750 of the most current, commonly prescribed drugs. Its user-friendly format, using alphabetically organized generic name listings and trade name index with generic cross-references, will help the reader quickly locate needed information.Unique to this book is a pronunciation guide for each drug.
Purpose: This book is written for all levels of pharmacy technicians to give them an effective drug information resource for quick and easy access to drug product identification, uses, dosage forms/strengths and pronunciation. It can easily be used for on-the-job and educationally-related purposes. The inclusion of commonly prescribed parenteral product listings makes the book a more useful resource than its predecessor across the various pharmacy practice settings. This book meets the author's objectives by providing a straightforward drug information reference that all pharmacy technicians can easily, efficiently, and effectively use.
Audience: This book is specifically written for pharmacy technicians in all pharmacy practice settings. It is useful for the entry-level through the more advanced, experienced pharmacy technician. The author, a pharmacist, educator, and director of a university-based drug information center, is an authority on drug information.
Features: This concise, pocket-sized book builds on the successful format of the previous edition. It includes generic and trade name listings, therapeutic classes, general FDA-approved uses, commercially available dosage forms/strengths and pronunciations for more than 750 of the most commonly prescribed drugs. Although not exhaustive, the book is appropriately inclusive for practical use by the pharmacy technician. With the inclusion of oral, topical and parenteral products, the book is suitable for technicians working in all pharmacy practice settings. It may also serve as a useful review reference for technicians in formalized education programs or preparing for examinations. Pharmacy technician educators will find this book a useful addition to their course texts, especially in Pharmacy Operations courses. The trade-name index is complete and is cross-referenced with generic names to enhance easy information access. The book, however, does not include the common dosages for the included drugs as this is beyond its scope.
Assessment: This book is of high quality and is an excellent, comprehensive successor to its first edition. Although there are similar pharmacy books that include broader, more expansive drug product listings (Billups, American Drug Index, 47th edition (Facts and Comparisons, 2003)), they are not specifically targeted to the unique needs of pharmacy technicians. The features of this book provide pharmacy technicians with important information that they will consistently need to be effective in their positions..