Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians

Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians

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Using language and organization aimed directly at pharmacy technicians, Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians offers more than 700 pages of practical applications, safety issues and error prevention, and illustrative cases that not only explain how but why. Throughout the book, anatomy and physiology are discussed in relation to various disorders and associated pharmacotherapies to give the pharmacy technician students a context for how drugs work. Students using this book will learn the therapeutic effects of prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and alternative therapies commonly used to treat diseases affecting that system, and their adverse effects. An emphasis is placed on practical applications for the technician. What types of issues will technicians encounter at work? What is their role in patient education? How do they work with the pharmacist? Key features throughout the book: *77 case studies, including 249 case study questions* More than 1,200 drugs discussed* Pronunciations for difficult terms or words such as disease names* Numerous figures and illustrations* Alerts that point out areas of potential dangers or errors, including look-alike/sound-alike drugs.*335 practice points, including mention of any FDA-required patient medication guides, and any "special" drug storage and dispensing considerations, including beyond-use dating of open multi-use products.*110 commonly used and comprehensive drug tables.* Chapter review questions The book's content is written to meet ASHP accreditation standards and, therefore, is one of the most comprehensive books on the market related to pharmacology for technicians.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 816 pages
  • 213.36 x 274.32 x 30.48mm | 1,632.92g
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Bethesda, United States
  • English
  • 1585282294
  • 9781585282296
  • 1,615,344

About Ashp

Mary Ann Stuhan, PharmD, RPh has been Pharmacy Program Manager at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, USA since 2002, where she directs an ASHP-accredited Technician Training Program and advises pre-pharmacy students. She received her BS in Pharmacy (Summa Cum Laude) at Duquesne University, and her PharmD at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Stuhan began her pharmacy career as a technician, and has practiced professionally in a variety of settings, including retail, government, behavioral health, and teaching hospital. She was Director of Pharmacy at St. Michael Hospital in Cleveland, and continues to practice in long-term acute care at Kindred Hospital, Cleveland. She is a lecturer for the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy NonTraditional PharmD Program. Dr. Stuhan is past president of the PTCB Certification Council and has held office on the executive board of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council, which honored her with their Pharmacy Technician Educator of the Year Award in 2007. She is also an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Cleveland Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Ohio Society of Health-System Pharamacists, and Ohio Pharmacists Association. She has been a peer-reviewer and written numerous articles and book reviews for the Journal of Pharmacy Technology. Her practice focuses are adverse drug reactions, anemia therapy, and antimicrobial stewardship.show more

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Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians (with workbook)By Mary Ann Stuhan Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy Mary Ann Stuhan has compiled this set of pharmacology learning tools to help pharmacy technicians acquire knowledge to meet the accreditation standards of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and to aid in preparation for the US Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination. Contributors and reviewers include clinical pharmacotherapy experts, pharmacy professors, pharmacy managers, and instructors and directors of pharmacy technician and technology programs.Appropriately, the textbook opens with a chapter examining the practical and theoretical benefits of pharmacy technicians having an understanding of pharmacology. The remainder of the textbook contains 34 chapters organized by body systems. In addition to explaining disease processes, goals of therapy, and the pharmacology of medications used to treat various health conditions, the text expands on terms anddefinitions, includes tables outlining pharmacotherapy, and offers review questions and references at the end of each chapter. If an introduction to a particular body system is required to understand the pharmacology concepts, labelled colour pictures are provided to clarify the relevant anatomy and physiology. The text also provides clinical vignettes to help technicians understand the patient s perspective. Safety alerts and practice points highlight clinical, administrative, and product selection pearls. The layout makes the textbook easy to read. The content is indexed, and the main text links well to the accompanying workbook. Instructor resources (PowerPoint slides) are also available; however, they offer none of the practical aspects or practice points from the textbook and workbook, and rarely include helpful images to engage the viewer. Despite the visually pleasing layout of both the textbook and the workbook, references to the policies of US drug regulatory authorities, as well as US brand names and manufacturers, limit the utility of this package for Canadian pharmacy technicians. In addition, many chapters provide anatomic, physiologic, or pharmacokinetic complexity that may exceed the needs or interests of technicians. For example, the description of pharmacokinetic concepts includes complex equations requiring scientific calculators and an advanced proficiency in mathematics. Each chapter contains multiple cases and associated questions; however, the layout makes it difficult to link the questions to particular cases. Appropriate auxiliary labelling and suggestions for handling medications would increase the practicality and applicability for technicians in the workplace. This text and its associated workbook could serve as a resource for pharmacy technicians challenging licensing or qualifying examinations. It might also be useful for undergraduate students interested in exploring a career in pharmacy or as an addition to a pharmacy technician library, for reference or teaching purposes. Overall, this set of learning tools is best utilized together, as the workbook greatly increases relevance and practicality for a working pharmacy technician. Susan BalagusPractice Development Pharmacy TechnicianAmy J Marriott, BSc, BScPharm, ACPR, PharmDPractice Development PharmacistWinnipeg Regional Health Authority Pharmacy ProgramWinnipeg, ManitobaCompeting interests: None declared. --Susan Balagus"Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy" (01/02/2014)"show more