21-Jul-05 11:00 AM  CST

Six Rx Books Created to Provide Skills and Advice

Upper Saddle River, NJ – July 25, 2005 – Pearson Prentice Hall today announced it is launching The Pharmacy Technician Series, by Mike Johnston, textbooks designed to help students achieve a balance between the necessary skills and professional demeanor required to become a professional pharmacy technician. A pharmacy technician is a skilled individual, trained and educated to work in a pharmacy setting under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, who performs activities that do not require the professional judgment of a pharmacist. 

Endorsed by the National Pharmacy Technician Association, the six books comprising the series are: · 

Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice – Introduces the core concepts behind and foundations of what every pharmacy technician needs to know.

Pharmacy Calculations – Comprehensive resource covering mathematical concepts, formulas, conversions, calculations and problem-solving techniques.

Certification Exam Review – Preparation guide for Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification, covering exam information, study techniques, specific information needed for the exam, and multiple practice exams.

Compounding – Explores the art and science of extemporaneous compounding, covering the principles of compounding, terms, equipment, dosage forms, formulations, techniques and a "how-to" on preparing standards compounds.

Pharmacology – Investigates the science behind pharmacology, covering principles of pharmacology, terms, usage, dosage forms and an in-depth look at every major drug classification.

Sterile Products – Explores the complex practice of sterile product preparation and correct aseptic technique. Topics include principles of aseptic technique, terms, methods, products and a "how-to" on standard sterile product preparations.

 “The knowledge base that students gain from this series will aid in providing greater pharmaceutical care and a more collaborative pharmacy practice environment,” said Johnston. “The many talented people involved in this project helped us to publish six high quality books simultaneously. Pearson Prentice Hall committed itself to our vision and ultimately has shifted the standards and expectations of pharmacy technician education.”

Mike Johnston CPhT, is the Executive Director of NPTA, which he founded 1999. He led the association’s growth from three members to over 20,000 in less than two years. He spends the majority of his time meeting with and speaking to employers, manufacturers, association leaders and elected officials on issues related to pharmacy technicians. 

About Pearson Prentice Hall 
The leading publisher of academic and reference textbooks, Pearson Prentice Hall is part of Pearson Education, the global leader in educational publishing. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company.

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Source: NPTAnews  

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