Understanding Pharmacy Calculations, 2nd Edition 





ISBN: 
9781582120959 

ISBN10: 
1582120951 

Copyright: 
2012 

Edition: 
2nd 

Editor: 
O'Sullivan,
Teresa A., Albrecht, Linda Stevens,


Doody's Expert Review
Score: 94 

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Reviewer:

Neela Bhajandas,
PharmD, BCCCP
(Temple University School of Pharmacy)


Description

This supplemental review of hundreds of pharmaceutical calculations provides excellent reinforcement of clinical calculations and may be used both by instructors and by pharmacy students preparing for their NAPLEX exam. 

Purpose

With its many examples designed to develop proficiency in commonly encountered clinical calculations, the book will be used by students as a selfpaced review and for preparation for the NAPLEX exam. Instructors may use it to augment and reinforce material taught in their pharmacy calculations courses. 

Audience

Although it was designed with pharmacy students and instructors in mind, clinicians also will benefit from this book. The authors are respected in their field and they make it a point to include other excellent references to help enrich the material. 

Features

A wellorganized table of contents begins the book. Each chapter starts off with an introduction to the concepts pertaining to the calculations. What follows is a diverse collection of clinical calculations including osmolarity, isotonicity, drug dosing, infusion rate dosing, desensitization tapering, and, finally, an excellent overview of calculations pertaining to total parenteral nutrition (TPN). Practice problems throughout have answer keys with stepby step explanations, while a practice question section appears at the end of the book. 

Assessment

Students, instructors, and clinicians will appreciate what this book has to offer. It is useful as a practice workbook for those wishing to finetune their calculation skills, and it is an excellent resource for pharmacy students preparing for their NAPLEX exam and for instructors wishing to supplement the material taught in the pharmacy curriculum. 


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