Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians, 2nd Edition, is one of the most comprehensive books on the market related to pharmacology for technicians. The material contained in this text has been written specifically for pharmacy technicians, with their backgrounds and duties as guides for both breadth and depth, and with full respect for its importance to them, their careers, and the patients they serve.
To prepare for a future that will demand more from them, pharmacy technicians will need an understanding of the medications they are handling—their actions, doses, routes of administration, and interactions. Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians, 2nd Edition, provides a basis for pharmacology, the study that includes the medication knowledge technicians need to function in modern pharmacy.
As in the first edition, the chapters are organized around body systems and disease states, presented in an order similar to that of pharmacists’ textbooks, with sections on the nervous, endocrine, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and hematologic systems, followed by treatments for infectious diseases, cancer, and conditions of the skin, eye, ear, nose, and throat. All chapters have been updated to reflect the most current medications and information. A new chapter on pharmacogenomics discusses the science of precision medicine and relates its concepts to testing and dosing protocols that are becoming increasingly common in everyday pharmacy.
Key Features throughout the book include:
"This book is well done. It is written at a higher level than other pharmacy/pharmacology books, which I consider to be an advantage. It is pleasing to read and is a very complete, useful reference."
-- Lawrence Carey, BS, PharmD (Temple University School of Pharmacy) Doody's Review previous edition
Although specifically targeted at pharmacy technicians, this book has the potential to help other audiences as well, such as LPNs, medical coders, and medical assistants. The author, the director of a technician program, is certainly credible, qualified, and knowledgeable about what technicians need to know.