Pharmaceutical Practice
Pharmaceutical Practice,
Edition 5
Edited by Ian Smith, BSc(Hons), MRPharmS, ClinDip, ILTM and Jennie Watson, BSc, PG ClinDip, PGCert (LTHE), FFRPS, MRPharmS, FHEA

Publication Date: 10 Jan 2014

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The fifth edition of Pharmaceutical Practice has been totally overhauled and restructured to bring the contents completely up to date and to reflect emerging new roles for pharmacists both within the traditional employment areas of hospital and community pharmacy, as well as other developing roles supporting the public health agenda, governance, risk management, prescribing and pharmacoeconomics. It covers a wide range of subjects relevant to pharmacy practice, including communication skills, managing a business, quality assurance, dispensing, calculations, packaging, storage and labeling of medicines, sterilization, prescriptions, hospital-based services, techniques and treatments, adverse drug reactions, cost-benefit, and medicines management.

Key Features

    • Each chapter begins with Study Point and ends with Key Points to reinforce learning.
    • Appendices include medical abbreviations, Latin terms and abbreviations, systems of weights and measurements, presentation skills and key references.
    • Self-assessment questions for more complex areas of pharmaceutical practice.


New Features

    • New chapters on control of medicines; control of health professionals and their staff; ethics in practice; Standard Operating Procedures; structure and organisation of pharmacy; veterinary pharmacy; appliances; public health, and pharmacy interventions.
    • New editor on the team, Jennie Watson.
    • Many new contributors, comprising practising pharmacists, teachers of pharmacy, and pharmacists with joint appointments between hospital/community pharmacy and universities.
About the author
Edited by Ian Smith, BSc(Hons), MRPharmS, ClinDip, ILTM, Boots Teacher/Practitioner, University of Manchester, UK and Jennie Watson, BSc, PG ClinDip, PGCert (LTHE), FFRPS, MRPharmS, FHEA, Boots Teacher Practitioner, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Table of Contents

Section 1: Pharmacy practice and society

  • The role of pharmacy in healthcare
  • Models of pharmacy practice within healthcare systems
  • Socio-behavioural aspects of health and illness
  • Socio-behavioural aspects of treatment with medicines
  • Pharmacy and public health
  • WHO and the essential medicines concept

Section 2: Governance and good professional pharmaceutical practice

  • Governance – an overview
  • Risk management
  • Continuing professional development and fitness to practice
  • Audit
  • Ethics
  • Communication skills for the pharmacist
  • Relationship with other members of the healthcare team
  • Record keeping.

Section 3: Pharmacy prescribing and selection of medicines

  • Access to medicines and prescribing - introduction
  • The prescribing process and evidence-based medicine
  • Formularies
  • Drug evaluation and pharmacoeconomics
  • Complementary/alternative medicine
  • Prescribing for minor ailments
  • Information retrieval

Section 4: Dispensing and related pharmaceutical practice activities

  • The prescription
  • Dispensing techniques (compounding and good practice)
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Packaging
  • Labelling of dispensed medicines
  • Production of sterile products
  • Solutions
  • Suspensions
  • Emulsions
  • External preparations
  • Suppositories and pessaries
  • Powders and granules
  • Oral unit dosage forms
  • Inhaled route
  • Parenteral products
  • Ophthalmic products
  • Specialized services
  • Parenteral nutrition and dialysis
  • Radiopharmacy
  • Storage of medicines and waste disposal
  • Communication skills – role of the pharmacist in giving advice and information

Section 5: Pharmacy services and monitoring the medicine-taking patient

  • Collection and delivery services
  • Concordance
  • Monitoring the patient
  • Services for vulnerable patients
  • Substance use and misuse


  • Medical abbreviations
  • Latin terms and abbreviations
  • Systems of weights and measures
  • Presentation skills
  • Key references and further reading


Book Reviews

‘A great book. Everything is well organised and easy to understand. Covers all topics an undergraduate pharmacy student would need … useful for a practising pharmacist too.’

‘This is an excellent introduction to pharmacy practice. It is an excellent read. Very well worth buying if you are a pharmacist or chemist.’

‘I'm a final year medical student and found this great for all those learning outcomes that are really difficult to find. Things like details on the yellow card scheme and MHRA that I'd previously spent hours searching for - a concise, clear explanation of can be found here. There are also useful things like consent, capacity, health-behaviour models, prescription writing, controlled drugs and homeopathy information … mops up the learning outcomes that most other books don't cover… I've used it most for the practise drugs calculations as we have formatives on these and end of year OSCEs too!’


’….completely revised to reflect current progress in pharmacy practice the fourth edition of "Pharmaceutical Practice" will be valued by pharmacy teachers, students in addition to practitioners...covers the total pharmacy spectrum. It is a core text for pharmacy practice and dispensing modules of the pharmacy curriculum and will be a companion during the whole pharmacy career starting at the university. I can recommend this textbook to any person either teaching or studying or practicing pharmacy.’

International Society of Pharmaceutical Compounding

‘...this book is a useful introduction to the various elements of pharmacy practice and will be valued by pharmacy students and student technicians in addition to practising pharmacists. As a researcher, teacher and practitioner of pharmacy, I am pleased to keep a copy on my own bookshelves.’

The Pharmaceutical Journal

Book details
ISBN: 9780702051432
Page Count: 552
Retail Price: £49.99