Pharmacy Technician

Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

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Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here are some relevant subjects and their call numbers:

Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.



 Pharmacy and materia medica  RS
 Therapeutics. Pharmacology  RM


Basic Drug Information Reference Books are first places to check for further information, when presented a medication/prescription. Include drug forms, dosage forms, patient information, etc.

American Drug Index
St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons.
RS355 .A48 (year) in John Adams Reference and Rosenberg Reference

Listing of 20,000 brand and/or generic drugs with dose, dosage form, manufacturer, availability, and use. Published annually.

AHFS Drug Information
McEvoy, G. K., et al. (Eds.). Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
RS131.2 .A47 in John Adams Reference and Rosenberg Reference
Lists 1400 drug monographs covering 50,000 items with information on indications, pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, and therapeutic dosages. Published annually.

Drug Facts and Comparisons.
Kastrup, E. R., et al..St Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons.
RM300 .F33 2000 in John Adams Reference
Lists 16,000 Rx items and 6,000 OTC items in monograph and table format so comparison between drug categories can be facilitated. Updated monthly.

Drug Preparation Reference Books
cover prescription management, compounding, pharmacy math and dosage calculation, IV admixture preparation, reconstitution and labeling issues, etc.

Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, 12th ed.
Allen, L. V., et al. (Eds.). (2000). Washington, DC: American Pharmaceutical Association.
RM671 .A1 H34 2000 in John Adams Reference and Rosenberg Reference

Training Manual for Intravenous Admixture Personnel, 5th ed.
Hunt, M. L. Chicago: Baxter, 1995.
John Adams Reserve
A self tutorial for technicians to learn proper aseptic technique for sterile compounding.

Remington’s Pharmaceutical Sciences, 20th ed.
Gennaro, A. R., et al. (Eds.). Easton, PA: Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, 2000?
RS91 .R45 2000 in John Adams Reference
The essential resource pharmacists depend on for resolving compounding concerns.

Pharmaceutical Calculations, 11th ed.
Stoklosa, M. J. & H. C. Ansel. Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins, 2001
Available in the John Adams pharm tech lab. Prior edition RS57 .S86 1996 in John Adams Reference
Complete compilation of pharmacy math used in community and hospital pharmacy practices.

Handbook on Injectable Drugs, 11th ed.
Trissel, L. A. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2001
RM143 .T74 2001 in John Adams Reference
Lists IV drugs in monograph form which facilitates stability and compatibility review.

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Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

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Use websites for government information, statistics and current events. It's very important to carefully evaluate websites for accuracy, currency, bias and credibility.

e-Pharmacy Journals
Journals and professional magazines offer current news and developments in the pharmacy field and are published more frequently than books. Feel free to explore the following titles for up-to-date information on a variety of pharmacy and health topics.

Note: The online versions of these journals and professional magazines may require subscriptions and provide selected feature articles, so it is best to check the copies in the library for complete issues.

DrugTopics.Com The Online News Magazine for Pharmacists
brief news articles about the pharmacy industry, new medications, etc., with links to online Continuing Education courses. Searchable.

Journal of Pharmacy Technology
Research journal with peer-reviewed articles about variety of topics including: Reviews of drugs and disease states, case studeies, innovative technologies and systems in pratice, supervision and management, legal updates and more. This online version of peer-reviewed research journal has article abstracts only. (The John Adams library has a subscription to this journal). From the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council.

Pharmacy Times
News, feature articles about pharmacy practice from the print version of this magazine, patient education articles, updates on drugs, and links to online Continuing education sites. Searchable

U.S. Pharmacist
Online version of monthly journal with peer-reviewed clinical articles relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice in a variety of settings.” Also includes links to online Continuing Education sites. U.S. Pharmacist is “approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education.”


AAPT: American Association of Pharmacy Technicians
Information about the AAPT, with conference announcements and links to continuing education and certification prep sites for pharmacy technicians.

American Pharmaceutical Association
The Web site for the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA), the national professional society of pharmacists, “the first established and largest professional association of pharmacists in the United States.” News and iformation about the APHA, links to FDA updates and drug recall announcements, plus online version of the association’s peer-reviewd. Journal of the American Pharmacists

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
This professional organization represents pharmacists employed in hospitals, HMOs, long-term care facilities, and other parts of the health care system. Features the AHFS Drug Information site of a database of current drug information.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
This organization evaluates and accredits health care organizations and programs in the United States—pharmacy services considered in these evaluation. The site provides an overview of the JCAHO’s programs.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
“The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP®) is the only professional association that represents the state boards of pharmacy in all 50 United States”. The site includes pharmacists licensure information and exam preparation.

United States Pharmacopeia
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) “establishes state-of-the-art standards to ensure the quality of medicines for human and veterinary use.” Features updates to USP’s drug monographs, subscription information for the USP 26–NF 21.


Authoritative Health Care Web Resources

Centers for Disease Control
Extensive information about health and disease, from the federal Centers for Disease Center

Food and Drug Administration
The Drugs link on this site provides extensive information, such as theDrugs Approvalslist (for FDA approved drugs), the National Drug Code Directory, regulatory information, and extensive links to OTC and prescription drug information for health professionals and patients.

National Institutes of Health
General health information about health, and news about current developments in medicine.

The Web site for the federal National Library of Medicine. Witb links to medical literature databases and health information for consumers.

MEDLINEplus Medical Dictionary
Searchable medical dictionary. From the MEDLINEplus website which as extensive information from the National Institutes of Health

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Searchable, online version of the 17th (1999) edition of this general medical text
Features MedMaster, a searchable drug information database based on ASHP's Medication Teaching Manual: The Guide to Patient Drug Information. Also includes drug administration information for patients. From the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Suppliers and Vendors

Web portal for this drug distributor for the pharmacies and the health care industry, with online order services.

Web site for this pharmaceutical manufacturer, a “global leader in the manufacturing and marketing of systems for the delivery of injectable drugs.”

Paddock Labs
“Paddock is a high volume manufacturer of bioequivalent generic pharmaceuticals and OTC specialty products.” Site includes full-text digests, including Secundem Artem which covers pharmaceutical compounding.

Web site for Pyxis, a manufacturer of medication, supply and information management systems. Information about its products and services.

Safeway Pharmacy
Online refill links, patient education, and pharmacy job information at Safeway.

This comted systems for “prescription fulfillment solutions for community, ambulatory, and managed care pharmacies.” Information about it products, services, and customer profiles.

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