## How to Solve Ratio Strength Calculations -Part 1

Knowing how to solve ratio strength calculations is an important skill every pharmacy student needs to acquire prior to practicing as a pharmacist.  It is one of the common ways a pharmaceutical preparations concentration may be expressed and describes drug concentration in terms of a ratio. Specifically, the drug concentration is defined in terms of […]

## How to Master Ratio Strength Calculations

Ratio strength is one of the ways of expressing concentration and describes drug concentration in terms of a ratio. Here, concentration is defined in terms of one unit of solute contained in a total amount of solution or mixture. As a pharmacy student you should be proficient in ratio strength calculations.In this blog post, I […]

## How to Determine Volume of Solution to Infuse

How to determine volume of solution to infuse is an important type of intravenous (IV) flow rate calculations question that you should know how to solve. In this blog post, I am going to use two NAPLEX type iv flow rate calculations questions to show you how to solve calculations questions where you have to […]

## How to Calculate Infusion Time

Knowing how to calculate infusion time is extremely important when administering intravenous (IV) infusions. In this blog post, I use two NAPLEX type IV flow rate calculations questions to show you how to calculate infusion time given the drop factor and the IV flow rate.How to Calculate Infusion TimeWatch the Video  Subscribe to our YouTube channel […]

## IV Flow Rate Calculations Using Dimensional Analysis

Dimensional analysis is a powerful way of solving IV flow rate calculations and it is the method I recommend when I teach the topic to students. In this blog post, I show you how to quickly solve two NAPLEX type IV flow rate calculations questions using dimensional analysis. I also demonstrate how to properly analyze iv […]

## Ask Dr. Danquah Masterclass #1: Milliequivalent Calculations Review

Converting milliequivalents to milligrams should be straightforward. You know the equation, you can determine valence and molecular weight of compounds, so why do many pharmacy students struggle with milliequivalent calculations even when it is a direct conversion of milliequivalents to milligrams?In the first Ask Dr. Danquah masterclass, we addressed some of the reasons that cause […]

## How to Quickly Solve This Tricky TPN Calculations Question

Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) calculations can be complex and typically involve several steps. Often, one is required to calculate quantities of macro- and micro-nutrients for a given patient. Determining amounts of macro-nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and lipids involve using equations, calculating calories, computing weights of ingredients and figuring out appropriate volumes.Processing all this information […]

## 1 Super Tip on When to Use the Alligation Method to Solve Concentration Calculations Questions

The alligation method is a powerful approach to solving dilution and concentration calculations questions. But when is it better to use the alligation approach as opposed to the algebraic method? Before I tell you, let us take a look at this interesting concentration questions and see how it illustrates an important concept regarding when it […]

## Why It’s Absolutely Necessary To Consider These Factors If You Want To Pass The NAPLEX

The North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) has always been a high-stakes exam; however, the stakes of passing the naplex got even higher over the last few years. How did we get where we are now? While pharmacy academia prepared a pharmacy workforce capable to provide pharmaceutical care to retiring baby-boomers, three unforeseen job market […]

## What is the NAPLEX?

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NAPLEX stands for North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® and is one of the required components in a pharmacist’s licensure process. Everything about this exam is memorable: the study process, the stress, the budgeting, the planning, and the experience itself. Many pharmacy grads put NAPLEX-planning aside for a long while. They justify this by the need […]