Top 15 Pharmacy Textbooks Every Serious Pharmacy Student Should Own -RxCalculations

Top 15 Pharmacy Textbooks Every Serious Pharmacy Student Should Own

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If you are a pharmacy student and serious about being successful then you should use these pharmacy textbooks in addition to those cherished lecture handouts.

In this blog post, I provide a high level summary of the  contents of each book and share the pros and cons as well. These are excellent books to own. However, even if you don't want to spend your hard earned money on them, many of the pharmacy textbooks are available on Access Pharmacy. Include them in your study arsenal and take your understanding and performance to the next level.

Here are my top 15 pharmacy textbooks reviewed and rated.

Top 15 Pharmacy Textbooks Every Serious Pharmacy Student Should Own

Author: Brian K. Alldredge PharmD , Robin L. Corelli PharmD, Michael E. Ernst PharmD, B. Joseph Guglielmo Jr. PharmD, Pamela A. Jacobson PharmD, Wayne A. Kradjan PharmD, Bradley R. Williams PharmD 

Price: $59.45

ISBN: 9781609137137

Summary of Table of Contents:

This book popularly called Koda Kimble consists of 17 sections. Section 1 is a brief explanation of medication therapy management. It also contains the assessment of therapy. Section 2 includes the detailed description of vascular and cardiac disorders. Section 3 focuses on the explanation of pulmonary disorders. Section 4 and section 5 are based on gastrointestinal disorders and renal disorders respectively. Section 6 briefly describes the solid organ transplantation while section 7 deals with the nutrition issues. Similarly, rest of the sections of this book covers different disorders, diseases, and women health issues.

Pros:

This book is a useful one for pharmacy students. The book is quite readable and the case-based format is exceptional. It enables the student to learn all the disorders in an effective manner. It can be considered a great resource for a therapeutics course. The book provides great algorithms and references for specific cases. It assists the students in mastering the basics of the drug therapeutics. It allows the students to develop practical skills in problem-solving.

Cons:

The case-based format also makes it harder to identify the facts. The book becomes quite difficult to read for the students because of the abundance of the case after case. On the Kindle version of the book, zooming is not enabled which makes it impossible to read on several occasions. The graphics and tables in the book are also unreadable at times.

Ratings: 8/10

KodaKimble - RxCalculations

Author: Joseph DiPiro, Robert L. Talbert, Gary Yee, Gary Matzke, Barbara Wells, L. Michael Posey 

Price: $35.93

ISBN: 9780071703543

Summary of Table of Contents:

This is one of the best pharmacy books written by Joseph DiPiro et al. The book consists of 16 sections. There are many disorders covered in the book. Section 1 revolves around the Bone and Joint disorders while the second section deals with cardiovascular disorders. Section 3, 4 and 5 describe in detail the dermatologic disorders, endocrinologic disorders and gastrointestinal disorders. Section 6 covers the obstetric and gynecologic disorders.   Section 8 discusses the infectious diseases in detail. The next sections include the description of other disorders such as respiratory, renal, and urologic disorders.

Pros:                                                                                                          

One of the best pharmacy books to read; this book by DiPiro is an amazing tool and guide for complex drug therapy administrations for different diseases and disorders. The author has beautifully broken down all the disease states in different components such as guidelines, symptoms, diagnosis and other key points. It is one of the most recommended books by pharmacy school professor because it is easy to read and understand it. It is a perfect resource for pharmacy students.

Cons:

The 8th edition of the book does not add much and looks almost identical to the previous edition. A few disorders are discussed in detailed whereas many disease states and disorders are not discussed in enough detail which is a huge flaw in this book. The readings are condensed but with the cutting of essential contents. In different chapters, the information is cluttered.

Ratings: 9/10

Pharmacotherapy - RxCalculations

Author: Leon Shargel, Andrew Yu, Susanna Wu-Pong

Price: $88.78

ISBN: 9780071603935

Summary of Table of Contents:

It is an incredible book written by Leon Shargel, Andrew Yu and Susanna Wu-Pong. There are 22 chapters in the book with each chapter offering different information. Chapter 1 is the basic introduction of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics.  The second chapter discusses the mathematical fundamentals in Pharmacokinetics. The next couple of chapters are based on different models of intravenous Bolus administration. Intravenous infusion is discussed in the fifth chapter. The next few chapters focus significantly on drug clearance and elimination and dosage regimes. Another important chapter is the nonlinear pharmacokinetics. The next section is completely based on the description of biopharmaceutics. The book also includes the relationship between pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.

Pros:

It is a comprehensive book on practical and theoretical applications of pharmacokinetics and biopharmaceutics and assists in understanding the fundamental concepts of these two subjects. It derives the pharmacokinetic models that describe the processes of drug absorption, metabolism, and elimination. It also critically assesses the biopharmaceutic studies that involve the drug product unequivalency and equivalency. The best thing about this book is that it can help you evaluate and design dosage regimes of drugs.

Cons:

The book lacks sufficient clinical and practical examples, and this sometimes makes concepts tougher for pharmacy students to understand. Because of this complexity, this book shouldn’t be the only pharmacokinetics book students use. The part on biopharmaceutics is also less covered in the book.

Ratings: 8/10

Applied Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics

Author: Loyd Allen

Price: $70.21

ISBN: 978081779340

Summary of Table of Contents:

The book contains 8 sections and 21 chapters. Section 1 consists of three chapters. It introduces the readers to the drug delivery system and drug dosage forms. It also discusses the drug manufacturing practices. The second section focuses on drug delivery system design and drug dosage form designs. Section 3 completely discusses the solid dosage forms and solid modified drug delivery framework. Sections 5 and 6 of the book contain the description of suppositories, sticks, inserts and liquid dosage forms respectively. In section 7, the author gives an overview of sterile dosage forms and gives an insight on advanced delivery systems and dosage forms in section 8.

Pros:

This book allows pharmacy students to master the intricacies of pharmaceutical dosage forms and design. It takes into account CAPE, APhA and NAPLEX competencies. It does an excellent job showing the interrelationships between pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical principles, product design, formulation, manufacture, compounding, and the clinical application of the various dosage forms in patient care, as well as regulations and standards governing the manufacturing and compounding of pharmaceuticals. This new edition also includes a new chapter devoted to clinical pharmaceutics. Each chapter on dosing forms also has two case studies: one clinical and one pharmaceutical to demonstrate pharmaceutical concepts in action. Grouped and individual activities in each chapter allows the pharmacy student to practice what they have studied. The inclusion of the Physical Pharmacy Capsules is an excellent tool to master important underlying pharmaceutical principles. The appendix has also been expanded to include a review of active ingredient considerations in dosing.

Cons:

Does not go straight to the point most of the time which could make it difficult for some students to read. 

Ratings: 8/10

Ansel’s Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms & Drug Delivery System - RxCalculations

Author: Pamella S. Ochoa, Jose A. Vega 

Price: $89.95

ISBN: 9781284035728

Summary of Table of Contents:

The book has a total of 11 brief chapters. The first chapter is the introduction of parenteral preparations. Chapter 2 deals with the equipment and supplies for administering and compounding sterile preparations. There is brief information provided in the 3rd chapter regarding calculations for the parental compounding. Chapter 4 includes the description of microbiological considerations in the parental compounding. There is an explanation of secondary and primary engineering controls in the fifth chapter. The next two chapters explain the principles of stability and compatibility and compounding manipulations and aseptic techniques. Chapter 8 prepares the pharmacy students for hazardous drugs specifically for parental use. Chapter 10 determines the considerations for intravenous drug therapy in infants and children.

Pros:

This is a perfect book which examines the best practices and standards for sterile compounding. It also provides fundamentals of the aseptic technique in an accessible manner to the pharmacy students. This is a great resource which enables the students to review the microbiological considerations and foundational parenteral calculations. It also allows the students to review all the concepts with the assistance of case studies, alerts, and tips etc. This is an easy resource to help student master sterile preparations.  

Cons:

The book is detailed but lacks brief information in some chapters. In a few parts of the book, the author leaves students confused among the concepts because of the lack of detail provided.

Ratings: 8/10

Concepts in Sterile Preparations and Aspetic Technique - RxCalculations

Author: Patrick M. Malone, Karen L. Kier, John Stanovich Jr. Meghan J. Malone  

Price: $65.66

ISBN: 9780071437912

Summary of Table of Contents:

There are 24 chapters in this book. The book gives a basic introduction of the drug information in the first chapter. The initial chapters of this book offer detailed information about the drug information resources and drug recommendations. Chapter 4 is the literature evaluation on the drug. Chapter 6 is completely based on the description of the concept of pharmacoeconomics. Chapter 7 provides guidelines on evidence-based clinical practice. There are legal and ethical aspects of drug information practice discussed in the chapters 10 and 11. A few chapters provide fundamental information on medication disadvantages and investigational drugs. There are three chapters that determine the application of drug information in the fields like ambulatory care, educational and training, and community pharmacy practice. The book concludes with instructions on enabling safe medication.

Pros:

This book is highly recommended and useful for pharmacy students. The book teaches how to effectively interpret, research, collate, and evaluate drug information. The book addresses several significant issues like ethical and legal considerations of offering drug information.

Cons:

The book does not include case studies, tables, and tips etc. which is typical for most books. These assist students in the understanding important concepts. However, they are not provided to a great extent. This raises a few concerns on this book.

Ratings: 8/10

Drug Information_ A guide for pharmacists - RxCalculations

Author: Thomas L Lemke, David A. Williams, Victoria F. Roche, S. William Zito

Price: $43.45

ISBN: 9781609133450

Summary of Table of Contents:

There are four parts of this book with 35 complete chapters. Part 1 of the book is the description of the principles of drug discovery. This part has many chapters focusing on drug discovery and drug design. The most significant chapter is believed to be the drug discovery through the inhibition of the enzyme. Part 2 of the book is entitled as “Pharmacodynamic agents.” This part includes the description of drugs that impact the central nervous system. It also explains how the drugs impact the cardiovascular system and hormonal system. The book also explains how drugs impact the immune and inflammation system. The last part of the book is focused on the management of different diseases states.

Pros:

It is a concise, clear and understandable book. The 7th edition features updated chapters and information and is well received by the instructors as well as students of pharmacy. The book provides an unparalleled presentation of pharmacodynamic agents, drug discovery, and principles of clinical pharmacy, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. The chapters have been contributed by some of the respected researchers and academicians around the world. The book fulfills all the requirements of the medicinal chemistry.

Cons:

The book does not give a comprehensive view of some of the major drug groups. Every chapter does include a general introduction. However, a detailed note is not provided on main subjects of chemical drug classification and characteristics. 

Ratings: 9/10

Foye’s principles of medicinal chemistry - RxCalculations

Author: Richard R. Abood

Price: $18.13

ISBN: 9781449640088

Summary of Table of Contents:

There are 8 chapters in this book. However, all chapters are brief and detailed. Chapter 1 introduces the readers to the law and legal system. The chapter describes the role of law and different sources of the US law. Chapter 2 determines the legal principles and regulations of the medications. It provides information regarding different legal acts and regulatory authorities such as FDA. Chapter 3 also discusses the federal medication regulations briefly. The fourth chapter is the analysis of the closed framework of substance distribution. Similarly, the next chapter defines dispensing controlled substances. The last few chapters determine state and federal regulations of pharmacy practice. Risk management strategies are also discussed in the final chapter of the book.

Pros:

It is one of cheapest pharmacy books available in the market. It updates the pharmacy students to account for new policies and regulatory development. It provides background and history of the law enabling students to learn the facts. It also assists them in applying, critically evaluating, and understanding the legal aspects of pharmacy practice.

Cons:

The books content could be a little ambiguous. The law is often unclear specifically when it comes to pharmacy practice laws. The book has lengthy, wordy and confusing content. The author has used difficult words that make things hard to understand. For students, clear content must be provided in the books.

Rating: 8.5/10

Pharmacy Practice and the law - RxCalculations

Author: Marjorie Canfield Willis

Price: $50.00

ISBN: 9780781792837

Summary of Table of Contents:

The second edition of the book contains 15 chapters. The first chapter is the general introduction. Chapter 2 contains the brief description of healthcare records. The next few chapters focus on learning healthcare approaches to different systems including Integumentary System, Musculoskeletal System, Blood and Lymphatic Systems, Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System, Endocrine System, and Nervous System and Psychiatry. The next part of the book determines the healthcare approach to different human body parts. Chapter 10 deals with the ear and 11 deals with the eye. Chapter 12, 13, 14 and 15 includes a brief description of the Gastrointestinal System, Male Reproductive System, Urinary System, and Female Reproductive System respectively.

Pros:

The book is a must for pharmacy students. It is well written, easy to understand and uses a self-paced study approach to make learning easier. The book is broken down into self-instructions frames and review frames for significant reinforcement and feedback. Actual medical records and medical record analysis activities are used extensively throughout the book which enriches the learning experience. It also has a variety of learning tools to accommodate a variety of learning styles. Online student tutoring and faculty support service is also available for free with the book.

Cons:

Information can sometime be overwhelming for some pharmacy student.

Ratings: 8/10

Medical Terminology_ A programmed learning approach to the language of health care - RxCalculations

Author: Patrick R. Murray PhD, Ken S. Rosenthal PhD, Michael A. Pfaller MD 

Price: $61.83

ISBN: 9780323086929

Summary of Table of Contents:

The book has 7 sections and around 86 chapters. This is a lengthy book by Murray. The first section is the introduction which gives an overview of the medical microbiology. Section II of the book deals with the fundamental principles of laboratory diagnosis. This includes both serologic and molecular diagnoses. The third section determines some basic concepts related to immune response. Section 4 is a detailed note on bacteriology describing the role of bacteria in diseases. Section 5 is another great note on virology. This section describes the role of viruses in the diseases. Similarly, section 6 describes the role of fungi in different diseases. Section 7 determines the role of parasites in the diseases.

Pros:

It is a pretty organized book. It is a clearly written and finely broken down book into different sections. The book guides the students with the help of graphs and diagrams. Such a book is always useful for the students. It makes the content easy for the students to understand. The concepts discussed in the book are quite clear and concise. The students may never find it tough to clear their concepts. This is the best edition of the book because of the sufficient details provided in each section.

Cons:

There is coverage of basic principles. However, in several sections laboratory diagnoses are not described in detail. It is necessary to describe each aspect in detail. A few chapters of the book are quite brief and detailed while a few miss necessary information.

Ratings: 8/10

Medical Microbiology - RxCalculations

Author: Richard Coico, Geoffrey Sunshine 

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 9780470081587

Summary of Table of Contents:

This wonderful book consists of 20 informative chapters. The entire book is based on the analysis of immunology and the immune system. The first chapter is the basic overview of the immune system. The second chapter identifies the elements of acquired and innate immunity. Chapter 3 defines antigen and immunogens. The next chapter is based on the functions and structure of the antibody. There are a few chapters that revolve around the antibody structure. The book also contains chapters on the biology of T Lymphocyte. The T and B cells are described in detail in some chapters. Chapter 13, 14, and 15 discuss the different types of hypertension. The last few chapters discuss immunization and tumor immunology.

Pros:

For the students taking immunology course, this is the best ever book. There is no other book that has discussed the immune system in that deep manner. The author has ensured to discuss every aspect of immunology and immune system. The author also managed to explain the complex things in an easy way. It is one of the textbooks that can be comprehended easily.

Cons:

It is believed that this book often seems nothing more than a list of facts. There are limited questions at the end of the chapters.

Ratings: 7.5/10

Immunology- A short course - RxCalculations

Author: Richard J. Rossi

Price: $108.14

ISBN: 9780470147641

Summary of Table of Contents:

There are 13 chapters in the book with every chapter broken down into some parts. The book starts with the introduction to the biostatistics. The author describes fundamental biostatistical principles. In chapter 2, the author describes the populations. He goes on to random sampling in the third chapter and summarizing them in the fourth. In the fifth chapter, he measures the reliability of statistics. In the next few chapters, he described hypothesis tests, linear regression, multiple regression and logistic regression. Chapter 11 deals with the design of experiments and chapter 12 include analysis of variance. The last chapter includes a discussion on the survival analysis. Hence, the author has included the whole research in the book.

Pros:

Applied Biostatistics for Health Sciences is a great resource for the students of pharmacy. It includes a great description of the concept of biostatistics. The author digs down deep in the concept and determined maximum information about this concept. The author seems to have performed great research while writing the book.

Cons:

Probably one of the most expensive books, Applied Biostatistics for Health Sciences is quiet dense. Content could be presented in a more student friendly manner to make concepts easier to understand. 

Ratings: 8/10

Applied Biostatistics for the Health Sciences - RxCalculations

Author: Mosby

Price: $49.95  

ISBN: 9780323320696.

Summary of Table of Contents:

The book mainly consists of five chapters. The first chapter is a general introduction of the book and different drugs for the health professions. The second chapter is entitled as A-Z Drug Monographs. This chapter is the most important chapter of the book. It includes the description of the different drugs in detail. Monograph means a detailed study of a single subject. Hence, in this chapter, numerous drugs have been studied in detail. The third part of the book is Appendix. This contains the explanation of the normal laboratory values, FDA pregnancy categories, and English to Spanish drug phrases. The fourth part of the book is Index that includes the bold trade names. The final part is the determination of some commonly used abbreviations.

Pros:

Drug Reference for Health Professions is an amazing Pharmacy textbook written by Mosby. It is probably the best drug resource for pharmacy students. It has several previous versions. However, this version appears to be the finest version of them all. The 6th edition has made it quite easier to look up the different drugs that patients have been taking. It has made it easy to understand how such drugs impact the treatment. This edition is edited in a perfect manner for determining which drugs must be excluded, added, and retained. The author has given a detailed description of many drugs. Also, a list of abbreviations that are commonly used is discussed. This makes it an essential book to read for the pharmacy students. Another feature that makes this book commendable is that it gives a quick access to around 700 drug monographs. It is packed with several practical resources for daily use. It can be regarded as a portable drug guide for the students.

Cons:

The author claims to have explained A-Z drugs in the book. However, not  all the drugs are covered. In addition, there are complex concepts that are harder to understand for some USA Pharmacy school students. The author seems to have not introduced difficult concepts in an easy to understand way. The book is also a little expensive for the student liking. If it becomes hard to understand for a student, it does not worth buying it for that much price.

Rating: 9/10

Mosby's Drug Reference for Health Professions - RxCalculations

Author: Sharon Haughey PhD, Roisin O'Hare PharmD 

Price: $34.99

ISBN: 9780702067013

Summary of Table of Contents:

Pharmacy OSCEs and Competency-Based Assessments is a book written by Sharon Haughey & Roisin O'Hare. It is the first edition of this book that is well-appreciated by the educators of Pharmacy. The book contains 8 chapters. The First chapter is the Introduction. The second chapter explains the final check on the dispensed medication and introduces the concept of clinical check pre-dispensing. The 3rd chapter determines different ways to respond to counseling and symptoms. The 4th chapter is focused on medication reconciliation. This chapter includes a brief description and brief explanation of the concept of medical reconciliation. Inter and intra professional assessments are covered in chapter 5 of this book. The sixth chapter is focused on the development and enhancement of prescribing skills among the pharmacists. Chapter 7 describes in detail the competency-based assessments. The final chapter of the book includes the description of a variety of ways for dealing with the symptoms in the community pharmacy.

Pros:

This book offers a unique resource to support the trainers and students in practicing and developing essential skills. The book is specifically designed for the students, clinical tutors, and the ones engaged in teaching the pharmacy students. The level of difficulty is quite low along with a low price. This book is easy to understand because of the simple description of the complex concepts. The book ensures that the students understand and realize the significance of patient safety. Pharmacy degrees have a significant focus on patient safety. Competency based evaluations of the students of pharmacy using the CRAs and OSCEs has become quite common. This book explains the competency based assessments in a detailed manner and trains the students for integrating their knowledge of pharmaceutics and test their ability to offer effective and safe patient care.

Cons:

The book misses some fundamental features. The book lacks the instances or examples of competency based evaluations. The author must have explained some real instances in order to enable the students to evaluate the level of integration among practice and science. The station examples provided in the book are not quite effective in testing the ability to integrate skills and knowledge of the students. Many stations do not offer enough detail which raises question marks on the credibility of the score performance against the model answers provided in the book by the author.

Rating: 8/10.

Pharmacy OSCEs and Competency-Based Assessments - RxCalculations

Author: Karen J. Tietze PharmD 

Price: $91.95

ISBN: 9780323077385

Summary of Table of Contents:

Clinical Skills for Pharmacists is an incredible book written by Karen J. Tietze. There are 10 chapters in this book. The first chapter is the general introduction of the clinical pharmacy. The second chapter revolves around the communication skills for the Pharmacists. This chapter emphasizes that the Pharmacists must develop effective communication skills. The chapter also determines the significance of communication in clinical pharmacy. Chapter 3 touches the history of medication while chapter 4 is focused on physical assessment skills. The fourth chapter encourages students to develop physical assessment skills and demonstrates the benefits of establishing such skills. Chapter 5 reviews laboratory and diagnostic tests. The sixth chapter revolves around the patient care presentation. Chapter 7 explains the concept of Therapeutics Planning. There is a great and detailed discussion on the monitoring of drug therapies in chapter 8. The ninth chapter explicates the importance of research for providing drug information. The final chapter is focused heavily on ethics in healthcare and pharmacy. This chapter determines some moral principles that the pharmacists and healthcare providers must follow.

Pros:

The book has certain praiseworthy features. First of all, the book covers pertinent clinical skills student pharmacists need to develop. This prepares pharmacy students to be engaged with the patients. It also promotes counseling responsibilities and physical assessment. Another good thing is that learning objectives are mentioned at the start of every chapter. Students get an idea regarding the significant concepts that they must learn from these chapters. At the end of every chapter, self-assessment questions are given. These questions enable the students to evaluate their comprehension of the learning objectives. The book also describes some fundamental skills such as patient case presentation, diagnostic and laboratory information, drug intake monitoring, and therapeutic planning etc. The figures and images given in the book are helpful in illustrating the equipment, techniques, and concepts.

Cons:

The price of this book is slightly on the higher side. It lacks a logical organization as the author promotes skills first and then moves to histories. There is no consistent focus on the skills first and then the tests, therapies, and ethics. The final chapter does explain the moral and ethical principles. It does not describe the different codes enforced legally by the US government such as HIPAA.

Rating: 7/10

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So here are my top 15 pharmacy textbooks every serious pharmacy student should own. I did not include any pharmaceutical calculations books in this list since these are already reviewed in my "The Three Best Pharmaceutical Calculations Books" blog post. Do you use any textbooks that have really helped you and is not on the list? Share them in the comments box below.

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