Pharmaceutical Practice 4th Edition

Pharmaceutical Practice 4th Edition

By  Arthur J. Winfield BPharm PhD MRPharmS, Judith Rees BPharm MSc PhD MRPharmS, Ian Smith BSc(Hons) MRPharmS ClinDip ILTM

This comprehensive book 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, pharmacoeconomics, and medicines management. Features useful appendices on medical abbreviations, pharmaceutical Latin terms, weights and measures, and presentation skills.

This is the fourth edition of a multiauthored book that provides a broad overview of aspects of pharmacy practice. This 4th Edition of Pharmaceutical Practice is written for those who practice in pharmacy, and it certainly would be ideal as a broad introduction for pharmacy students. The authors and editors are practicing pharmacists and/or pharmacy educators in the United Kingdom and Kuwait. Although some aspects are specific to those countries (laws and regulations), for the most part the chapters are general enough to apply to pharmacy practitioners anywhere. The book is organized into sections highlighting particular aspects of pharmacy practice, such as pharmacy practice and society, governance of pharmacy practice (specific to British pharmacy practice), prescribing and dispensing of medications, and dosage forms. Well written chapters cover pharmacy communication skills and monitoring of medication therapy. Appropriate tables, graphs, and illustrations appear throughout the book, along with boxes that highlight useful information, all of which make the book user-friendly. I also appreciate the use of self-assessment questions in the chapters.


  • This is a core text for pharmacy practice and dispensing modules of the pharmacy curriculum
  • Covers key exam material for essential review and test preparation
  • Features a user-friendly design with clear headings, chapter summaries, helpful boxes, and key points

New to this 4th edition:

  • Text restructured with 14 new or radically revised chapters.
  • All text revised in light of current pharmaceutical practice.
  • New design using two colours.


“As an American pharmacy educator and pharmacist, I can appreciate the broad range of topics this book covers. It certainly would be an ideal text for students in the United Kingdom, but it also would be a nice reference for international readers, because of its inclusion of topics that are typical of pharmacy practice regardless of geography. “ Patrick J McDonnell, Pharm.D.(Temple University School of Pharmacy)

“use this textbook when teaching students how to dispense, and label medicines correctly. It thus forms a very important function and role in my teaching programme. The textbook s content is well illustrated and presents with detailed, useful information that is reader friendly and easy to understand. The summary at the beginning of each chapter also gives a good oversight of each chapter s content. The examples are very useful. I would like to see every pharmacy student invest in a book like this.”

Senior Pharmacy Lecturer, Medical University of South Africa
“…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, August 2004

“great amount of thought and time has gone into the layout of the textbook with each major area having its own part in the textbook; this function allows the finding of information quick and quite painless. Nicely illustrated diagrams are also well featured throughout the textbook as are worked examples for the variously extensive array of calculations featured…extremely valuable in many areas of the course and I can recommend without bias that any person studying pharmacy should own this textbook as you will also find it indispensable throughout your careers.” First Year Pharmacy Student, University of East Anglia, March 2004

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Section 1: Pharmacy in Society
Chapter titles: Development and role of pharmacy in society: models of pharmacy practice within healthcare systems; Sociological aspects of patients and illness; Sociological aspects of treatment with drugs; Public health; Essential medicines.

Section 2: Development and maintenance of quality pharmaceutical practice
Chapter titles: Governance – an overview; Risk management; Fitness to practice and CPD; Audit; Ethics; Communication skills; Relationship with other members of the healthcare team; Record keeping.

Section 3: Access to medicines a) prescribing
Chapter titles: Introduction; The prescribing process and evidence-based medicine; Formularies; Pharmacoeconomics and drug evaluation; Complementary medicine; Routes of administration; Responding to symptoms; Information retrieval.

Section 4: Access to medicines b) dispensing
Chapter titles: Checking the prescription; Dispensing techniques (compounding and good practice); Pharmaceutical calculations; Packaging; Labelling; Sterile production areas and sterility testing; Solutions; Suspensions; Emulsions; External preparations; Suppositories and pessaries; Powders and granules; Oral unit dosage forms; Inhaled route; Parenteral products; Eye products; Specialised services; TPN and Dialysis; Radiopharmacy; Storage of medicines and waste disposal; Communication skills (advice giving).

Section 5: Pharmaceutical practice and the individual medicine-using patient
Chapter titles: Collection and delivery services; Concordane; Monitoring the patient; Services for vulnerable patients; Services for drug misusers.

1. Medical abbreviations; 2. Latin terms and abbreviations; 3. Systems of weights and measures; 4. Presentation skills; 5. References.

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