PharmPrep: ASHP's NAPLEX Review, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9781585282555
ISBN-10: 1585282553
Copyright: 2011
Edition: 4th
Editors: Eiland, Lea S., Ginsburg, Diane B.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 87
Reviewer: Kim  Benner,  BS, PharmD  (Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy)
This is the fourth edition of a case-based approach to reviewing disease states for pharmacy students preparing for the licensure exam or practitioners looking to increase their knowledge.
The purpose is to prepare pharmacy students for the NAPLEX licensure exam, but the book also can help practitioners review specific disease states or organ systems. The objective of preparing students for practical, real-life scenarios, beginning with the licensure exam, to help them become successful, competent practitioners is important.
Beginning with the title, this book clearly and appropriately targets pharmacy students. While some of the material will be elementary for seasoned practitioners, it may be helpful for those who are far removed from the practice/educational setting. Many of the authors and editors are seasoned pharmacy academicians.
The book covers general practice content for every major disease state and organ system as well as specialty scopes of practice. It also includes sections on pharmacy law, compounding, and calculations. The organization of the book into alphabetized sections based on disease state enables readers to easily locate areas of interest or weakness. The cases are written in such a way that readers can easily follow the progression of the disease and the patient's status. One section covers test-taking skills, again appropriately geared towards preparation for the licensure exam. The book would be even better if it used charts/algorithms to summarize treatment options after each disease. The answer section displays the correct answer as well why the other choices are incorrect, but it would be easier to use if it was located after each case rather than in the back of the book. The abbreviations appendix also is helpful.
This pharmacy review is appropriately written for the intended audience. This edition contains additional cases, updated law information, and relevant revisions.
Review Questionnaire
Range Question Score
1-10 Are the author's objectives met? 10
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 10
1-5 Is this written at an appropriate level? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 4
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 4
1-5 Rate the authority of the authors. 5
1-5 Are there sufficient illustrations? 3
1-5 Rate the pedagogic value of the illustrations. 2
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1-5 Are there sufficient references? 3
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1-5 Rate the helpfulness of the index. 4
1-5 If important in this specialty, rate the physical appearance of the book N/A
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? 10