Monday, August 19, 2013

Drug Information: A Guide for Pharmacists 4th Edition

Drug Information: A Guide for Pharmacists 4th Edition by Patrick Malone, Karen Kier and John Stanovich reveals the best way to research, interpret, consider, collate, and disseminate drug info in the most effective and efficient method possible. The book also addresses other essential points such because the legal and ethical considerations of offering info, how to respond to requests for data, and the best way to decide what data ought to be made available.

This text covers essential topics such as formulating effective responses and suggestions for information, evaluation of drug literature, the applying of statistical analysis in the biomedical sciences, drug analysis monographs, adversarial drug reactions, remedy and patient safety with investigational drugs.

Key Concepts have been added to the beginning of each chapter and are identified with icons in the chapter text. Case Studies and multiple-choice questions have been added to most chapters. In each chapter, a set of multiple-choice Self-Assessment Questions are presented and many chapters provide Suggested Readings for further information on topics.

The drug literature evaluation chapters have been updated and expanded to cover newer concepts such as adaptive clinical trials. The chapter on statistics has been completely rewritten and greatly expanded to provide further information that allows the reader to determine whether appropriate statistical tests were conducted to evaluate data derived from clinical studies.

The chapter that previously covered both adverse drug reactions and medication errors has been divided into two separate chapters, with an expansion of patient safety information. At the end of the book, five new chapters have been added. Drug information specialists are commonly involved in all of these new areas, as are many practicing pharmacists.

The first new chapter is on policy development, project design, and implementation. This chapter expands on the policy and procedure information in the chapter on professional writing and explores new areas. Following this chapter, there are two new chapters that address the need for the ambulatory pharmacist to provide information; this topic expands to areas other than institutional practice, which tended to be the focus in previous editions. One chapter covers pharmacist practice needs in the area of drug information and the other chapter discusses dealing with patients and their information needs.

Following these chapters, there is a new chapter on what is necessary for training individuals in drug information. Finally, in a continued effort to expand information into newer areas, there is a chapter on drug information in both the pharmaceutical manufacturers' realm and regulatory affairs (i.e., United States Food and Drug Administration). This chapter provides information on both viewpoints.

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