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A Practical Guide
to Contemporary Pharmacy Practice

Third edition
by Judith E. Thompson

Now in its Third edition, A Practical Guide
to Contemporary Pharmacy Practice
goes through the steps of receiving the prescription, preparing it, and completing the compound. The book provides a source for contemporary practice previously found spread out over journal articles, legal documents, standards of practice, specialty books, and textbooks.

Highlights of this edition include:

  • a more comprehensive section on sterile dosage forms and their preparation
  • expanded discussion of medication errors; processing tools for improving compounded preparations and reducing errors
  • a new chapter on systems of measurement and basic pharmaceutical calculations
  • a new section on veterinary pharmacy practice

Patient cases with the sample compounded prescription orders and parenteral preparation medication orders show typical situations and problem-solving to meet special therapy and patient needs.

A back-of-book CD-ROM complements the text with study guides, interactive self-assessment, and multimedia demonstrations of compounding procedures for key chapters. A companion Website will include resources for instructors.


Processing the Prescription

  1. Prescription and Medication Drug Orders
  2. Labeling Prescriptions and Medications
  3. Controlled Substances
  4. Expiration and Beyond-Use Dating
  5. Drug Utilization Review and Medication Use Evaluation
  6. Patient Counseling


  1. Systems of Measurement and Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations
  2. Quantity and Concentration Expressions and Calculations
  3. Evaluating Dosage Regimens
  4. Aliquots Calculations
  5. Isotonicity Calculations

Compounding Drug Preparations

  1. General Guidelines for Preparing Compounded Drug Preparations
  2. Selection, Storage, and Handling of Compounding Equipment and Ingredients
  3. Selection and Use of Weighing and Measuring Equipment

Pharmaceutical Excipients

  1. Pharmaceutical Solvents and Solubilizing Agents
  2. Antimicrobial Preservatives
  3. Antioxidants
  4. Buffers and pH Adjusting Agents
  5. Viscosity-Inducing Agents
  6. Surfactants and Emulsifying Agents
  7. Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners, and Scents
  8. Vehicles for Liquid Preparations
  9. Ointment Bases
  10. Suppository Bases

Nonsterile Dosage Forms and Their Preparation

  1. Powders
  2. Capsules, Lozenges, and Other Solid Oral Dosage Forms
  3. Solutions
  4. Suspensions
  5. Liquid Emulsions
  6. Semisolids: Ointments, Creams, Gels, Pastes, and Collodions
  7. Suppositories

Sterile Dosage Forms and Their Preparation

  1. General Principles of Sterile Dosage Form Preparation
  2. Ophthalmic, Nasal, Inhalation, and Irrigation Solutions
  3. Parenteral Preparations
  4. Total Parenteral Nutrition

Veterinary Pharmacy

  1. Veterinary Pharmacy Practice

Compatibility and Stability

  1. Compatibility and Stability of Drug Products and Preparations


  • Abbreviations Commonly Used in Prescriptions and Medication Orders
  • Nomograms for Determination of Body Surface Area from Height and Weight
  • National Center for Health Statistics Growth Charts
  • Isotonicity Values


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A Practical Guide to Contemporary
Pharmacy Practice

Third edition Book + CD
by Judith E. Thompson

2009 738 pages $74.95 + shipping
Texas residents please add 6.75 % sales tax

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