The Pharmacy Technician, 7e

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Endorsed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), The Pharmacy Technician, 7e, is a valuable tool for pharmacy technician students. This applied, accessible book is a practical text for understanding the principles, career concepts, and pharmacy skills needed to be a successful pharmacy technician. It offers clear, concise information to help students learn the material and pass the national certification exams: the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), and the Exam for Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). This book was designed to be accompanied by The Pharmacy Technician, Workbook & Certification Review, 7e, to help prepare for the certification exams.

This textbook aligns with the Fifth Edition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs and the 2020 content outline for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE).

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What's New in this Edition
Table of Contents
Versions and Packages
About the Author
Instructor Resources
  • The MODULAR DESIGN makes the book concise and easy to use, with each topic beginning on a new page and ensuring the artwork is on the same two-page spread as the topic.
  • Extensive use of FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS provides information, reinforces text discussions, and shows step-by-step procedures.
  • A RUNNING GLOSSARY provides the definition for key terms, set aside from the main text, allowing for easy reference and study.
  • Chapter opening and closing THINK IT THROUGH and WRAP-UP features provide students with case scenarios to introduce topics and to promote critical thinking at the conclusion of the chapter.
  • End-of-Chapter REVIEW provides a Checklist of Key Concepts and a Self Test that includes matching, multiple choice, critical thinking, research, calculations, and practice questions for the certification.
  • Rx SAFETY NOTES and Rx TIPS highlight safety information, indicate points of emphasis, and offer useful tips.
  • Integrated example math problems with step-by-step solutions throughout the text help students learn and apply math in context.
  • Researching Information activities in each chapter have students use resources and references discussed in the Information chapter.
What's New in this Edition

The Seventh Edition maintains the features and comprehensive coverage of the previous edition, but it has been carefully updated throughout to reflect current standards and practice for professional pharmacy technicians, specifically including alignment with:

  • The Fifth Edition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs
  • The 2020 content outline for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE)

Changes to the text include:

  • Chapter 2 and Appendix D provide an overview of the Fifth Edition ASHP Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs, with its Key Elements and Standard Categories. Chapter 2 also presents current practices and requirements for certification, including PTCE and ExCPT.
  • The Information chapter (Chapter 4) has been extensively updated and streamlined to reflect the best print, digital, and organizational resources for technicians to use in current practice and to maintain professional knowledge.
  • The chapters on Nonsterile Compounding (Chapter 9) and Sterile Compounding (Chapter 10) have been updated and reduced in length to focus on essential information that pharmacy technicians need for practice. Entry-level technicians will find that this coverage provides a valuable perspective on their chosen careers.
  • Common Drugs & Their Uses (Chapter 13) has been thoroughly updated to remove obsolete drugs and include important newly available drugs.
  • A discussion of “Central Fill” operations has been added to Inventory Management (Chapter 14).
  • Hospital Pharmacy (Chapter 17) has been thoroughly updated and streamlined to focus on current pharmacy technician practice, including a new discussion of medication reconciliation.

Throughout, the Seventh Edition of The Pharmacy Technician has been modified to present information in a more current and more effective way so that pharmacy technicians develop professional competence and practice.

Table of contents
Chapter 1: Pharmacy & Health Care
Chapter 2: The Professional Pharmacy Technician
Chapter 3: Pharmacy Laws, Regulations, & Ethics
Chapter 4: Information
Chapter 5: Terminology
Chapter 6: Calculations
Chapter 7: Prescriptions
Chapter 8: Routes & Formulations
Chapter 9: Nonsterile Compounding
Chapter 10: Sterile Compounding & Aseptic Techniques
Chapter 11: Basic Biopharmaceutics
Chapter 12: Factors Affecting Drug Activity
Chapter 13: Common Drugs & Their Uses
Chapter 14: Inventory Management
Chapter 15: Financial Issues
Chapter 16: Community Pharmacy
Chapter 17: Hospital Pharmacy
Chapter 18: Other Environments
Appendix A: Top 200 Most-Prescribed Drugs
Appendix B: Top 20 Most Dispensed Drugs in Canada
Appendix C: Top 20 Global Products
Appendix D: Commonly Refrigerated Drugs
Appendix E: ASHP Model Curriculum Goals
Answer Key
About the Author

Perspective Press is the developer of The Pharmacy Technician, the best-selling text for pharmacy technician training that is endorsed by the American Pharmacists Association. The Pharmacy Technician employs a visual two-page spread approach that integrates text and graphics and presents topics in content-specific learning landscapes.

Dennis Hogan founded Perspective Press in 1993 with the goal of publishing visually-oriented texts that were easier and more effective learning tools. Prior to that, Dennis spent more than fifteen years in various publishing roles at Prentice-Hall. He also spent nearly two decades developing and managing National Geographic Learning, a leading English language learning publisher. He believes that textbooks can be powerful learning tools if they reflect life authentically and visually.

Instructor Resources
  • Materials Needed
  • Suggested Assignments
  • Teaching Outline and Notes with Key Terms
  • Suggested Activities
  • Short Answer and Essay Questions with Answers
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Digital Test Bank, exportable to commons LMS