Understanding Pharmacy Calculations

Understanding Pharmacy Calculations
2nd Ed.
2012 © American Pharmacists Association
Linda Stevens Albrecht, MBA, RPh, FASHP; Teresa A. O'Sullivan, PharmD, BCPS
ISBN-13: 978-1-58212-095-9
Pharmacy/Pharmacology, Exam Preparation


Written in easy-to-understand language and emphasizing practical calculations that pharmacists do every day, this revised and updated edition of Understanding Pharmacy Calculations guides student pharmacists through the sometimes overwhelming introduction to the subject. It also helps students appreciate the relevance of calculations to pharmacy practice. A valuable resource for calculations courses, this book can also be used by students as self-paced study and review in preparation for the national pharmacy licensure examination.

Key Features:

  • • Structured five-lesson design permits classroom use or self-paced study and review for the national pharmacy licensure examination
  • • Designed to develop proficiency in commonly encountered clinical calculations, incorporating clinical examples based on everyday practice
  • • Includes practice problems and detailed answers throughout – nearly 200 in all, including a 100-question “Practice Practice Practice” section at the end of the book
  • • Brings clarity to the often murky area of total parenteral nutrition calculations, aided by realistic problems with completed TPN worksheets
  • • Written in a light-hearted, frequently humorous style to maintain student interest and put even “math-phoebes” at ease

Doody's Reviews

Score: 94/100
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"Students, instructors, and clinicians will appreciate what this book has to offer. It is useful as a practice workbook for those wishing to fine-tune 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."

-- Neela Bhajandas, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy) Doody's Review

"The book is easy-to-use and read and is of a proper size to actually perform the calculations in the book. It is well written and easy-to-understand and is recommended for students, technicians, and practitioners"

-- CompoundingToday.com, March 2012


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.

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