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.


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


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About the editors

Judith A Rees

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester, UK; Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, University of Keele, UK

Ian Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

Boots Teacher/Practitioner, University of Manchester, UK

Jennie Watson

Affiliations and Expertise

Boots Teacher Practitioner, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK