FASTtrack Applied Pharmaceutical Practice 2nd edition

By Christopher A. Langley, Dawn Belcher

FASTtrack Applied Pharmaceutical Practice focuses on what you really need to know in order to pass exams. Concise, bulleted information, chapter overviews, key points, and an all-important self-assessment section which includes MCQs.

This FASTtrack Applied Pharmaceutical Practice second edition book has been written to guide the student pharmacist or pharmacy technician through the main stages involved in pharmaceutical dispensing.

FASTtrack Applied Pharmaceutical Practice 2nd edition accompanies the compulsory dispensing courses found in all undergraduate MPharm programmes and equivalent technical training courses. It is an invaluable resource either as a study aid or as a companion to the core reference text Applied Pharmaceutical Practice.

Changes for the new edition include:

  • Information on revisions to the community pharmacy contract
  • Additional content on new advanced community pharmacy services
  • Revised worked examples and student questions
  • Updated prescription labelling information, including the use of new cautionary and warning labels
  • Updated references and bibliography.

Read an interview with the authors discussing the new edition of the book, recording videos together, and their desert island essentials.

Are your exams coming up? Are you drowning in textbooks and lecture notes and wondering where to begin? Take the FASTtrack route to study successfully for your examinations.

FASTtrack provides the ultimate lecture notes and is a must-have for all pharmacy students wanting to study and test themselves for forthcoming exams.


The book covers many areas, including controlled substance management and dispensing, emergency supplies, and patient counseling. The highlight of the book is its layout. It is simple to follow and well outlined in the table of contents and its objectives. Each chapter ends with a summary. Self-assessment questions at the end of the book help emphasize major points, which is an asset for pharmacy students as they prepare for licensure. This book is very precise, but pertains mostly to pharmacy practice in the U.K.

The quality and quantity of information this 2nd edition of FASTtrack Applied Pharmaceutical Practice provides is substantial without being overwhelming. It would be very useful for U.K. pharmacy students in preparation for licensure. This update is warranted as pharmacy law and practices continue to change.


1. Introduction, medicines classification and standard operating procedures
2. NHS supply in the community 1: prescription forms and prescribing
3. NHS supply in the community 2: prescribers and the dispensing process
4. NHS supply within hospitals
5. Non-NHS supply
6. Controlled drugs
7. Emergency supply
8. Patient counselling and communication 1: the basics of patient communication
9. Patient counselling and communication 2: product-specific counselling points
10. Poisons and spirits
Appendix 1: Commonly encountered qualifications of healthcare professionals
Appendix 2: Abbreviations commonly used within pharmacy


“Applied Pharmaceutical Practice is good for all years and all stages of the MPharm course whether you are a first year learning from scratch or just refreshing your addled fourth year memory. It’s great for practical dispensing, OSCEs, law exams or for anyone working in a pharmacy as a student, technician or newly qualified pharmacist…a brilliantly written book, student friendly, as well as being clear and interesting enough to read from cover to cover”

Katrina Fredericks, BPSA pharmacy student, 2013.

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