Pharmacy Calculations

An Introduction for Pharmacy Technicians

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Pharmacy technicians serve critical roles on the healthcare team, and dependency on accurate calculations is paramount to ensure medication safety and effectiveness and optimal patient outcomes.

The second edition has been streamlined to focus on the most important pharmacy calculation concepts—covering the fundamentals related to accuracy and basic math operations, units of measurement and conversions, critical thinking in problem solving, dosing calculations, percentages, concentration calculations, compounding formulas, intravenous infusion calculations, and business math.

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Comprehensive Resource for Pharmacy Technician Learners of All Types

Pharmacy technicians serve critical roles on the healthcare team, and dependency on accurate calculations is paramount to ensure medication safety and effectiveness and optimal patient outcomes.

The second edition has been streamlined to focus on the most important pharmacy calculation concepts—covering the fundamentals related to accuracy and basic math operations, units of measurement and conversions, critical thinking in problem solving, dosing calculations, percentages, concentration calculations, compounding formulas, intravenous infusion calculations, and business math.

Offering a complete review of the basic mathematics concepts and skills, Pharmacy Calculations: An Introduction for Pharmacy Technicians, 2nd Edition, provides students with the pharmacy basics necessary for correctly interpreting prescriptions and drug orders, and for performing dosing calculations that technicians face every day.

Who Should Read This?

Pharmacy technician students enrolled in a training program, technicians preparing for the certification exam, and for those participating in on-site training.

Inside the New Edition

The chapters are broken down into four units and organized to complement most pharmacy technician training curricula and to support the ASHP—ACPE model curriculum:

1. Review of Mathematics
2. Systems of Measurement
3. Preparing for Problem Solving in Pharmacy
4. Dosing Calculations and Other Pharmacy Problems

Key features throughout the book include:

• Chapter objectives
• Key terms and definitions
• Examples of problem scenarios or calculations questions and solutions
• "Tech Note!" – provides a highlight of key points within the chapters
• "Numbers at Work" – illustrates why key concepts are important to know and skills are critical to master
• Practice problems
• A test bank
• Appendices that include the parts of a prescription, a glossary of terms, conversions, and abbreviations tables

Matthew Rewald, BS, CPhT

Matthew Rewald is the Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Technician Program and is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Rewald has worked in the pharmacy profession as an inpatient and outpatient pharmacy technician, supervisor, and instructor in many settings throughout his career.

Bradley Lorang, BS, CPhT

Bradley Lorang is the Associate Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Technician Program. Throughout his career, he has been employed in education-focused positions in the private and public sectors.

Garrett E. Schramm, PharmD

Garrett E. Schramm is the Director of Pharmacy Education and Academic Affairs at Mayo Clinic. He oversees education, training, and competency programs for over 1,300 pharmacist and pharmacy technician staff.

Primary: pharmacy technician program directors and instructors, schools of pharmacy, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy technician students

Secondary: pharmacy students