Introduction to Acute & Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice

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With ASHP’s Introduction to Acute and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice, Second Edition, pharmacy students and technicians can gain a professional head start by learning essential vocabulary, legal and regulatory issues, and the core clinical and administrative pharmacy operations in various practice settings. It is also a useful reference for new practitioners and anyone else interested in institutional pharmacy’s current financial, technological, and distributional systems.

Written by David A. Holdford, RPh, MS, PhD, FAPhA, with additional content from 27 leading experts, the second edition provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of the institutional pharmacy practice in both hospital and outpatient settings, with a special focus on the developing role of technicians. It has been thoroughly updated to cover all current developments, and is clearly written, with Key Facts, What Ifs, and other learning enhancements that make terms, concepts, and processes easy to understand and apply.

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Learn How to Thrive in Today’s Institutional Pharmacy Practice Landscape

The Only Comprehensive Introductory Guide, Updated and Expanded

With ASHP’s Introduction to Acute and Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice, Second Edition, pharmacy students and technicians can gain a professional head start by learning essential vocabulary, legal and regulatory issues, and the core clinical and administrative pharmacy operations in various practice settings. It is also a useful reference for new practitioners and anyone else interested in institutional pharmacy’s current financial, technological, and distributional systems.

Written by David A. Holdford, RPh, MS, PhD, FAPhA, with additional content from 27 leading experts, the second edition provides a thorough introduction to all aspects of the institutional pharmacy practice in both hospital and outpatient settings, with a special focus on the developing role of technicians. It has been thoroughly updated to cover all current developments, and is clearly written, with Key Facts, What Ifs, and other learning enhancements that make terms, concepts, and processes easy to understand and apply. 

Two new and 18 updated chapters cover topics, including:

  • Key legal and regulatory issues 
  • Managing medication use and distribution
  • Professional terminology
  • Technology and automation 
  • Financial management, inventory, and cost control
  • Sterile product preparation and administration
  • Managing people and leadership 
  • Careers and training options
  • The expanding role of pharmacy technicians

Along with an understanding of the workings of institutional practice, students and new pharmacists can acquire the terminology that enables them to speak knowledgeably, along with insight into professional opportunities, including some non-traditional ones.

David A. Holdford, RPh, MS, PhD, FAPhA

David A. Holdford is Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science, at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA. He completed his Doctoral degree at the University of South Carolina where he specialized in pharmaceutical marketing and pharmacoeconomics. Prior to joining the faculty at VCU in 1995, Dr. Holdford completed his BS in Pharmacy at University of Illinois in Chicago and an MS in Pharmacy Administration at Ohio State. He worked as a pharmacist and manager at hospitals in Chicago and Columbia, SC.

At VCU, Dr. Holdford conducts research, teaches, and consults in the areas of pharmaceutical marketing, health outcomes research, and pharmacoeconomics. He is also the author of the published textbook Marketing for Pharmacists (2007) and co-edited/authored the book Leadership and Advocacy for Pharmacy (2007). He has authored over 50 papers and book chapters in healthcare and business publications.