Excellent Books for Pharmacy Education

Excellent Books for Pharmacy Education

1. Essentials of Human Physiology for Pharmacy (Pharmacy Education Series)

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A firm grasp of the functions of living organisms is one of the most important prerequisites to pharmacy study. The long-awaited second edition of Essentials of Human Physiology presents concepts in physiology in a way that prepares students for their subsequent study of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapeutics.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this text maintains the clarity of the first edition, yet provides important new information to give students a solid grounding in some of the most important aspects of pharmacy. As with the first edition, the book begins with an overview of the fundamental aspects of cell membrane physiology with particular emphasis on nerve cell function. This is followed by a detailed discussion of the two major regulatory systems in the body: the nervous system and the endocrine system.

The book then continues with in-depth presentations of the reproductive, muscular, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, and renal systems. An important focus throughout the text is how tissue and organ function are regulated in order to maintain homeostasis.


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2. Basic Statistics and Pharmaceutical Statistical Applications (Pharmacy Education Series)

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Building on its best-selling predecessors, Basic Statistics and Pharmaceutical Statistical Applications, Third Edition covers statistical topics most relevant to those in the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacy practice. It focuses on the fundamentals required to understand descriptive and inferential statistics for problem solving. Incorporating new material in virtually every chapter, this third edition now provides information on software applications to assist with evaluating data.

New to the Third Edition

  • Use of Excel® and Minitab® for performing statistical analysis
  • Discussions of nonprobability sampling procedures, determining if data is normally distributed, evaluation of covariances, and testing for precision equivalence
  • Expanded sections on regression analysis, chi square tests, tests for trends with ordinal data, and tests related to survival statistics
  • Additional nonparametric procedures, including the one-sided sign test, Wilcoxon signed-ranks test, and Mood’s median test

With the help of flow charts and tables, the author dispels some of the anxiety associated with using basic statistical tests in the pharmacy profession and helps readers correctly interpret their results using statistical software. Through the text’s worked-out examples, readers better understand how the mathematics works, the logic behind many of the equations, and the tests’ outcomes.


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3. Leadership and Management in Pharmacy Practice (Pharmacy Education Series)

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Over the past years, the changing nature of pharmacy practice has caused many to realize that the practice must not only be managed, but also led. Leadership and Management in Pharmacy Practice discusses a variety of leadership and managerial issues facing pharmacists now and in the future.
This second edition has been reorganized by placing leadership chapters up front, followed by management chapters, thus emphasizing the need for leadership first. The book is written by contributors from within and outside pharmacy practice―a reflection of the complexity of management in pharmacy settings. It offers a real-world approach to everyday issues in pharmacy leadership and management, written by authors who have faced these issues themselves.

The book includes case studies which are thought provoking and promote critical thinking as well as problem solving―skills critical for effective pharmacy leaders or managers. References are also made throughout the text to changes occurring to the profession both internally and externally. Much of the material discussed applies to all settings of pharmacy practice: community, hospital, industry, ambulatory care, and long-term care.

This book provides pharmacy students and new pharmacy leaders and managers a broad overview of the complexities and intricacies inherent in managing and leading the profession. It is a valuable resource for students in the professional years of their pharmacy curricula and those promoted recently into pharmacy leadership or management positions.


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4. Basic Pharmacokinetics (Pharmacy Education Series)

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Knowledge of pharmacokinetics is critical to understanding the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs. It is therefore vital to those engaged in the discovery, development, and preclinical and clinical evaluation of drugs, as well as practitioners involved in the clinical use of drugs. Using different approaches accessible to a wide variety of readers, Basic Pharmacokinetics: Second Edition demonstrates the quantitative pharmacokinetic relations and the interplay between pharmacokinetic parameters.

After a basic introduction to pharmacokinetics and its related fields, the book examines:

  • Mathematical operations commonly used in pharmacokinetics
  • Drug distribution and clearance and how they affect the rate of drug elimination after a single dose
  • Factors affecting drug absorption following extravascular drug administration, the rate and extent of drug absorption, and drug bioequivalence
  • The steady-state concept during constant rate intravenous infusion and during multiple drug administration
  • Renal drug elimination, drug metabolism, multicompartment models, nonlinear pharmacokinetics, and drug administration by intermittent intravenous infusion
  • Pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling, noncompartmental pharmacokinetic data analysis, clearance concept from the physiological point of view, and physiological modeling
  • Clinical applications of pharmacokinetics, including therapeutic drug monitoring, drug pharmacokinetics in special populations, pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions, pharmacogenomics, and applications of computers in pharmacokinetics

Accompanying the book is a CD-ROM with self-instructional tutorials and pharmacokinetic and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic simulations, allowing visualization of concepts for enhanced comprehension. This learning tool received an award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for innovation in teaching, making it a valuable supplement to this essential text.


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5. Basic Pharmacology: Understanding Drug Actions and Reactions (Pharmacy Education Series)

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Intended for use in an introductory pharmacology course, Basic Pharmacology: Understanding Drug Actions and Reactions provides an in-depth discussion of how to apply the chemical and molecular pharmacology concepts, a discussion students need for more advanced study. The textbook introduces the principles of chemistry and biology necessary to understand drug interactions at the cellular level. The authors highlight chemical and physical properties of drugs, drug absorption and distribution, drug interactions with cellular receptors, and drug metabolism and elimination.

The book begins with a review of chemical principles as they apply to drug molecules, focusing mainly on those for commonly prescribed drugs. The authors use drug structures to illustrate the chemical concepts learned in general and organic chemistry courses. They cover the dynamics of receptors in mediating the pharmacological effects of drugs. They clarify theories, drawn from the scientific literature, which explain drug-receptor interactions and the  quantitative relationship between drug binding and its effects at the cellular level.

The authors’ extensive use of drug structures for teaching chemical and molecular pharmacology principles, and their emphasis on the relevance of these principles in future professional life makes this book unique. It provides the framework for better understanding of advanced pharmacology and therapeutics topics. Blending medicinal chemistry and  pharmacodynamics aspects, this textbook clearly elucidates the essential concepts that form the cornerstone for further work in pharmacology.


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6. Essentials of Pathophysiology for Pharmacy

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Presenting all the information your students need in an accessible layout, Essentials of Pathophysiology for Pharmacy will give students a practical understanding of the pathophysiologic basis of selected diseases while providing a rationale for subsequent drug therapy.


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7. Essential Math and Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians (Pharmacy Education)

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This book is directed to the student or professional who has difficulty with basic pharmacy math. It covers Roman and Arabic numerals, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages, systems of measurement including household conversions, and interpretation of medication orders.


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8. Essentials of Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians (Pharmacy Education Series)

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As a pharmacy technician you are expected to have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and dispense medications. However, you must also have a working understanding of the laws and regulations that govern the dispensing of medications. While there are excellent books covering pharmacy laws, regulations, and ethics, most are aimed at the university-level pharmacy student. There is no text written specifically for the pharmacy technician. Essentials of Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians fills that niche.

It presents the exact amount of information required at a level that is appropriate to a technician’s practice and role.

This book discusses the many laws and regulations that pharmacy technicians must understand in order to practice in a legal and ethical manner. It presents an overview of the U.S. legal system, reviews the development of current laws and describes in detail the major laws affecting present-day pharmacy practice. Rather than searching through portions of several books, you can now find coverage of all the important legal topics in one source. Written and organized in a concise manner, Essentials of Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians addresses the drug dispensing regulations and ethical issues technicians will encounter in their daily practice.


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9.Pharmaceutical Care: INSIGHTS from COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS (Pharmacy Education Series)

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Pharmacy is the nation’s third largest health profession, with nearly 200,000 licensed pharmacists in the United States and 125,000 practicing in community pharmacies. It is in community settings where pharmaceutical care will be judged, accepted, and ultimately paid for. Pharmaceutical Care: Insights from Community Pharmacists introduces the conceptual framework for pharmaceutical care. The authors show you how to apply economic, business, and societal models to better understand it, and they look at the trends in healthcare that drive it.

Vignettes and interviews are the real strength of this book, bringing you the insights of selected pharmacists who were among the first to develop pharmaceutical care services. The pharmacists you meet in this book are committed to providing the best patient care possible and are willing to expend considerable personal time and energy to achieve this goal. Through their interviews, you will follow the pharmacists down their path of passionate commitment to helping patients.

The authors also outline a seven-step process demonstrating how these professionals built innovative pharmacy practices in community settings. Pharmaceutical Care is a motivating resource for those wishing to better understand the new patient-centered roles being advocated by pharmacy leaders.


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10. Aulton’s Pharmaceutics: The Design and Manufacture of Medicines

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From a review of the previous edition:
‘For all the pharmacy students out there part of your pharmacy degree will be to study formulation design and pharmaceutics. This is the holy grail of pharmaceutical technology books. The text reads well and introduces difficult concepts in a more easy-to-understand way, it is definitely worth the money to help you get through the module, if you’re doing a research project in pharmaceutical design then this would also be an excellent buy…This is essential for passing exams and developing professional competence.’

This is the best known text on pharmaceutics. Its strength lies mainly in being a complete course in one book. Reviewers consistently praise its comprehensiveness and its extremely high quality-quality content. Pharmaceutics is one of the most diverse subject areas in pharmaceutical science and an understanding of it is vital for all pharmacists and scientists involved in converting drugs to medicines that can be safely delivered to a patient. The editorial and author team deliver a tour de force of accessibility, coverage and currency in this new edition of a world-class textbook.

  • Relevant chemistry covered throughout
  • Reflects current and future use of biotechnology products throughout
  • Covers ongoing changes in our understanding of biopharmaceutics, certain areas of drug delivery and the significance of the solid state
  • Includes the science of formulation and drug delivery
  • Designed and written for newcomers to the design of dosage forms
  • Key points boxes throughout
  • Summaries at the end of each chapter
  • Fully updated throughout, with particular focus on delivery of biopharmaceuticals, nanotechnology and nanomedicines, parenteral and ocular drug delivery mechanisms.
  • Now comes with online access on StudentConsult.

From a review of the previous edition:

‘For all the pharmacy students out there part of your pharmacy degree will be to study formulation design and pharmaceutics. This is the holy grail of pharmaceutical technology books. The text reads well and introduces difficult concepts in a more easy-to-understand way, it is definitely worth the money to help you get through the module, if you’re doing a research project in pharmaceutical design then this would also be an excellent buy…This is essential for passing exams and developing professional competence.’

This is the best known text on pharmaceutics. Its strength lies mainly in being a complete course in one book. Reviewers consistently praise its comprehensiveness and its extremely high quality-quality content. Pharmaceutics is one of the most diverse subject areas in pharmaceutical science and an understanding of it is vital for all pharmacists and scientists involved in converting drugs to medicines that can be safely delivered to a patient. The editorial and author team deliver a tour de force of accessibility, coverage and currency in this new edition of a world-class textbook.


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