Principles and Applications


  • Eugenia Fulcher, BSN, MEd, EdD, RN, CMA (AAMA), Allied Health Instructor, Waynesboro, GA
  • Robert Fulcher, BS Chem, BSPh, RPh, Pharmacist, CVS Pharmacy, Waynesboro, GA
  • Cathy Soto, PhD, MBA, CMA, Program Director, Medical Assisting, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX

Comprehensive, yet easy to read, this practical textbook introduces you to basic pharmacology principles, with an emphasis on applying them to the kinds of clinical situations you will encounter on the job. You'll learn about how different drugs work in the body, drug dosage calculation methods, drug administration routes and procedures, the importance of keeping accurate medication records, and much more. Plus, a variety of activities and exercises help you strengthen your math, critical thinking, and communication skills.
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Book information

  • Published: January 2008
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-3503-7

Table of Contents

Section 1: General Aspects of Pharmacology


1. Legal and Ethical Aspects of Pharmacology

2. Basics of Pharmacology

3. Drug Information and Drug Forms

4. Understanding Drug Dosages for Special Populations

5. Reading and Interpreting Medication Labels and Documenting Appropriately

Section 2: Mathematics for Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations

6. Math Review

7. Measurement Systems and Their Equivalents

8. Converting between Measurement Systems

9. Calculating Doses of Nonparenteral Medications

10. Calculating Doses of Injectible Medications

11. Principles and Calculations in Intravenous Therapy NEW!

Section 3: Medication Administration

12. Safety and Quality Assurance

13. Enteral Routes

14. Percutaneous Routes

15. Parenteral Routes

Section 4: Pharmacology for Multisystem Application

16. Analgesics and Antipyretics

17. Immunizations and the Immune System

18. Anitmicrobials, Antifungals, and Antivirals

19. Antineoplastic Agents

20. Nutritional Supplements and Alternative Medicines

Section 5: Medication Related to Body Systems

21. Endocrine System Disorders

22. Eye and Ear Disorders

23. Skin Conditions

24. Musculoskeletal System Disorders

25. Gastrointestinal System Disorders

26. Respiratory System Disorders

27. Circulatory System Disorders

28. Urinary System Disorders

29. Reproductive System Disorders

30. Neurological System Disorders

31. Drugs for Mental Health and Behavioral Disorders

32. Drugs of Abuse and Misuse


A. Basic Intravenous Therapy Medications

B. ā€œCheck Your Understandingā€ Answers

C. Drug-Food and Drug-Drug Interactions