Pharmacy licensing examinations are designed to determine whether a
candidate has the minimum competencies required to enter and then carry out
the responsibilities of the profession. A candidate preparing for the
licensing examination must be prepared to demonstrate competence in many
areas, any one of which may be the subject for in-depth questioning.
This book is designed as a self-testing tool for the
pharmacy student to identify individual areas of strength and weakness, to
suggest areas for further review, and to impart new concepts and other
information useful to both the student and the practicing pharmacist.
Students, especially those approaching graduation and the NAPLEX will find
the book useful for review purposes. The practicing pharmacist will be able
to refresh his/her knowledge of many topics.
Frequently Dispensed Drugs lists more than 200 drugs by generic names that
the authors consider most likely to be dispensed by pharmacists. Included in
the table are trade or brand names, manufacturing companies, a brief
description of therapeutic uses, and common dosage forms and strengths. It
is not necessary to memorize the name of the company manufacturing a certain
product, especially with the numerous company name changes; however, many
individuals find it easier to relate a trade name to a company. Brand Names
(Trade Names) Versus Generic Names serves as a cross-reference of trade
names with generic names.
We trust that this book
will not be viewed as simply a means to review material for the licensing
examination. Passing this examination does not guarantee continued
competence throughout a long professional career. Practicing pharmacists
must not only retain their previously acquired knowledge and skill, but must
remain up to date on contemporary modes of practice. We hope that this book
will serve both as a means for self-assessment of competence to practice as
well as a valuable guided review. A statement listing professional
competency in pharmacy originally prepared by the California State Board of
Pharmacy appears in How to Use This Book.
is the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) trademark. The NABP
does not endorse, authorize, or sponsor this book.