Pharmaceutical Practice  International Edition

Pharmaceutical Practice International Edition

The fifth edition of Pharmaceutical Practice has been totally overhauled and restructured to bring the contents completely up to date and to reflect emerging new roles for pharmacists both within the traditional employment areas of hospital and community pharmacy, as well as other developing roles supporting the public health agenda, governance, risk management, prescribing and pharmacoeconomics. It covers a wide range of subjects relevant to pharmacy practice, including communication skills, managing a business, quality assurance, dispensing, calculations, packaging, storage and labeling of medicines, sterilization, prescriptions, hospital-based services, techniques and treatments, adverse drug reactions, cost-benefit, and medicines management.
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Key Features

  • Each chapter begins with Study Point and ends with Key Points to reinforce learning.
  • Appendices include medical abbreviations, Latin terms and abbreviations, systems of weights and measurements, presentation skills and key references.
  • Self-assessment questions for more complex areas of pharmaceutical practice.
  • New chapters on control of medicines; control of health professionals and their staff; ethics in practice; Standard Operating Procedures; structure and organisation of pharmacy; veterinary pharmacy; appliances; public health, and pharmacy interventions.
  • New editor on the team, Jennie Watson.
  • Many new contributors, comprising practising pharmacists, teachers of pharmacy, and pharmacists with joint appointments between hospital/community pharmacy and universities.

Table of contents

Section 1: Pharmacy practice and society

  • The role of pharmacy in healthcare
  • Models of pharmacy practice within healthcare systems
  • Socio-behavioural aspects of health and illness
  • Socio-behavioural aspects of treatment with medicines
  • Pharmacy and public health
  • WHO and the essential medicines concept

Section 2: Governance and good professional pharmaceutical practice

  • Governance - an overview
  • Risk management
  • Continuing professional development and fitness to practice
  • Audit
  • Ethics
  • Communication skills for the pharmacist
  • Relationship with other members of the healthcare team
  • Record keeping.

Section 3: Pharmacy prescribing and selection of medicines

  • Access to medicines and prescribing - introduction
  • The prescribing process and evidence-based medicine
  • Formularies
  • Drug evaluation and pharmacoeconomics
  • Complementary/alternative medicine
  • Prescribing for minor ailments
  • Information retrieval

Section 4: Dispensing and related pharmaceutical practice activities

  • The prescription
  • Dispensing techniques (compounding and good practice)
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Packaging
  • Labelling of dispensed medicines
  • Production of sterile products
  • Solutions
  • Suspensions
  • Emulsions
  • External preparations
  • Suppositories and pessaries
  • Powders and granules
  • Oral unit dosage forms
  • Inhaled route
  • Parenteral products
  • Ophthalmic products
  • Specialized services
  • Parenteral nutrition and dialysis
  • Radiopharmacy
  • Storage of medicines and waste disposal
  • Communication skills - role of the pharmacist in giving advice and information
  • Section 5: Pharmacy services and monitoring the medicine-taking patient
  • Collection and delivery services
  • Concordance
  • Monitoring the patient
  • Services for vulnerable patients
  • Substance use and misuse


  • Medical abbreviations
  • Latin terms and abbreviations
  • Systems of weights and measures
  • Presentation skills
  • Key references and further reading
Author(s)Edited by- Ian Smith & Jennie Watson
Publisher - Imprint Elsevier Health Sciences - CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
Print Length570 pages
Publication date10/01/2014
Language English
Reading Level / AudienceTertiary; University or College & Professional

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