- 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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Labelling of dispensed medicines
- Production of sterile products
- External preparations