The role of the pharmacist in counseling patients, other health professionals and the public on the safe, effective and proper use of medications is expanding and has never been more important. At the same time, the knowledge that a pharmacist must have to serve this role is also expanding at an ever-increasing rate. Pharmacists must know, and be able to apply to patient situations, drug and disease information that will allow them to prevent or correct drug overuse, misuse and under use.
This text is targeted towards the needs of final year pharmacy students and graduates sitting for registration examinations. The format of the text is the presentation of multiple choice questions (MCQs) that address drug and disease knowledge and its application. The questions also test that the pharmacist has a command of the basic knowledge to be able to carry out the services in an intelligent way. Questions addressing pharmaceutical calculations, formulations, medicinal chemistry and anthology are included. There is both an open-book section of questions and a closed-book section. For each answer there is an explanatory section, indicating why the selected answer is correct or incorrect. The questions cover a wide range of therapeutic areas. The MCQs take different formats to challenge one’s knowledge in a variety of ways.
The information covered in the questions is comprehensive and very relevant to pharmacy practice. The open-book section and the provision of explanations to the answers will help the reader identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in pharmacy knowledge and where to spend additional reading and review time.
Of note, practicing pharmacists would also likely benefit from a self-assessment through Further MCQs in Pharmacy Practice to contribute to their continuing professional development.
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