Reviewer: Gary N. Elsasser, PharmD, BCPS (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This is the fifth edition of an abridged, pocket version of the drug information resource, Drug Facts and Comparisons.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the student/practitioner a concise, portable version of the unabridged reference of the same name that can be used in daily practice.
Audience: It is intended for all healthcare practitioners. Medical students and, in particular, pharmacy students, will find the text useful in resolving many of the questions that arise about drug use, dosing, side effects, etc.
Features: The text incorporates a generous number of comparative tables for drugs within a particular class. This feature allows the user to efficiently use his/her time in discerning the differences and similarities of drugs when multiple agents are available for treatment of the same condition, thereby simplifying the drug selection process. The student practitioner will also find useful the normal laboratory reference values located in the appendix.
Assessment: This is a useful addition to the genre. It fits in the standard laboratory coat pocket, yet it is large enough to provide the practitioner much of the information necessary for point of care drug use decisions. Users of the previous version may have difficulty justifying the purchase of the 2001 edition.