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Pharmacy Practice for Technicians, 5th Edition

  • Zachary I. Hanan
  • Sr. Jane M. Durgin
  • ISBN-10: 1133132766
  • ISBN-13: 9781133132769
  • 624 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 1999
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Designed to fully prepare the pharmacy technician for the challenges of a career in the pharmacy industry, the Fifth Edition of DURGIN AND HANAN'S PHARMACY PRACTICE FOR TECHNICIANS continues to provide students with the comprehensive coverage that has made previous editions so popular. Useful as both an education tool and a reference manual, this practical text covers all aspects of contemporary health care and pharmacy practice, including comprehensive information on basic pharmacy concepts and changes in pharmacy technician duties, practice and regulatory standards. With increased coverage of prescription drug plans, career opportunities, and communication skills, this "classic" text provides students with the information needed to excel in a variety of pharmacy settings.


  • VISUAL APPEAL. The text is presented in full color with plenty of new and updated illustrations and photographs to enhance readability and familiarize you with common equipment and scences that will be a part of the daily environment as a pharmacy technician.

About the Author

Zachary I. Hanan

Zachary I. Hanan, RPh, M.S., FASCP, FASHP was the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Mercy Medical Center for over 30 years and an Associate Adjunct Professor at St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences.

Sr. Jane M. Durgin

Jane M. Durgin, CIJ, R.Ph., R.N., M.S., Ed. D. was a Professor of Pharmacy Administration at the St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Jamaica, NY.

Table of Contents

Preface (Sister Jane M. Durgin and Zachary I. Hanan).
Introduction (Lisa S. Lifshin).
Acknowledgements (Sister Jane M. Durgin and Zachary I. Hanan).
1. Historical Developments in Pharmacy and Health Care (Sr. Jane M. Durgin).
2. Organizational Structure and Function of the Hospital/ Health System and the Department of Pharmacy (Douglas E. Miller).
3. Home Health Care (Barbara Limburg Mancini).
4. Long-Term Care (Richard J. Lohne, Jonathan Shataal).
5. Community Pharmacy Practice (Maria Marzella Mantione, Carmella Avena-Woods).
6. Pharmacy Practice in the Armed Forces (Christopher G. Lynch, John D. Catoe, Darryl A. McGuire, Jr.).
7. Mail Order Pharmacy Practice (Sam Medure).
8. Durable and Non-Durable Medical Equipment and Supplies (Ronald A. DeBellis).
9. Nuclear Pharmacy Practice (Dan Palmquist, Richard P. Medeiros).
10. Regulatory Standards in Pharmacy Practice (James Ruger).
11. Drug-Use Control: The Foundation of Pharmaceutical Care (Norberto Alberto, Shu Jing).
12. Ethical Considerations for the Pharmacy Technician (Martha L. Mackey).
13. Organizations in Pharmacy (Debra Feinberg).
14. The Prescription (Robert A. Hamilton).
15. Medical Terminology and Abbreviations (M. Elyse Wheeler, Danielle R. Janiak).
16. Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms (P.L. Madan).
17. Pharmaceutical Calculations (Melinda Reed and Lee Anna Obos).
18. Extemporaneous Compounding (Steve Laddy, Thomas Mastanduono, Lin Leung).
19. Sterile Preparation Compounding (Laura Thoma, Karen Wong).
20. Administration of Medications (Sabra Boughton).
21. Drug Information (Laura Gianni Augusto).
22. Drug Distribution Systems (Gary Collins).
23. Infection Control and Prevention in the Pharmacy (Catherine Shannon).
24. Introduction to Biopharmaceutics (Robert S. Kidd, Regina F. Peacock).
25. The Actions and Uses of Drugs (Robert S. Kidd, L. Michael Marcum).
26– Non-Prescription Medication (Nicole M. Maisch).
27. Natural Products (Dudley G. Moon, Elaine Liu).
28. The Policy and Procedure Manual (Zachary I. Hanan and Sister Jane Durgin).
29. Pharmaceutical Supple Chain (Gary C. Collins).
30. The Pharmacy Formulary System (Mark N. Brueckl).
31. Pharmacy Informatics (Edmund Hayes).
32. Preventing and Managing Medication Errors: The Technician's Role (Matthew Grissinger and Susan M. Proulx).
33. Communication Skills (Michael DeCoske).
34. Reimbursement for Pharmacy Services (Angela Dominelli).
35. Accreditation of Pharmacy Technician Programs (Lisa S. Lifshin).
36. Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (Melissa Murer Corrigan, Megan E. Sheahan).

New to this edition

  • REAL-WORLD RELEVANCE. New chapters in areas of long term care pharmacy, mail order pharmacy, the military, and nuclear pharmacy,demonstrate the different types of career opportunities discuss available in the field.
  • PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE. Includes an overview of prescription drug plans and how they pertain to and affect the technicians' role in community pharmacies, long-term care facilities, home care pharmacies, and institutional pharmacies.
  • UPDATED REGULATIONS. Coverage of laws, rules and regulations has been thoroughly updated so that you are prepared for scenarios typically encountered on the job.
  • OPPORTUNITY FOR REVIEW. In addition to end-of-chapter Test Your Knowledge question, an Online StudyWare also accompanies the text for additional study and review with interactive games and animations.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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