Useful Resources on Pharmacytechnicianguide.com

To give our readers a complete list of useful resources related to a pharmacist and pharmacy technician's education and career, we have gathered a list of comprehensive resource links. The list has been organized section wise to enable easy navigation. You can easily find links related to your topic of interest by visiting the section below. Each section opens up to a list of resource links along with a brief description. From continuing education related resources to state board and organization contacts, from news journals and publications to PTCB and NAPLEX guide, find information by clicking on the section of your interest. All these links have been thoroughly checked for their relevance and content and can play your handy tool during the course of your career.





Resources on this Page

On this page we have listed all the resource links related to the preparation of PTCB and NAPLEX exams, career opportunities, news and publications, drug dictionaries, clinical calculators, complementary and alternative medicine and best practices and law. Each link comes with a brief description to help you understand its use.



PTCB

In this section you will find resources to help you with your preparation for the PTCB certification exam. From practice exams to quizzes, from a toolkit to flashcards you will find every useful link that can help you with passing the PTCB exam.


CPhT Toolkit

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CPhT Toolkit The CPht Toolkit is a useful resource for aspiring pharmacy technicians, pharmacy owners and patients. There is career guide for aspiring pharmacy technicians that helps you navigate your career path. Pharmacy owners can benefit from the employer partnership program and the RxPATROL, a collaborative effort between industry and law enforcement.

Practice Exam

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Official PTCB Practice Tools and Test Preview At a cost of $29, you can get access to the only practice exam authorized by PTCB. The exam will familiarize you will with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
Varsity Tutors A free resource to take a PTCB practice exam, where you can brush the knowledge and skills you have gained. You also receive a detailed scoring result at the end of your practice exam.

Candidate Guidebook

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Candidate Guidebook The candidate guidebook is a complete guide taking you through all that you need to know to take the PTCB exam.

PTCB Flashcards

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Quizlet Here you can find flashcards, quizzes and other practice aids to help you get thorough with the knowledge and skills required to successfully pass the PTCB exam.
Flash Card Secrets You can order flashcards catering to various topics, preparing you for the PTCB exam.



NAPLEX

NAPLEX is a computer-administered exam taken by aspiring pharmacists to obtain a licensure to practice. It is essential for you to access online resources to aid your preparation for the test. To get you the best, in terms of authorization and relevance we have listed all the useful links that you can refer to during the course of your journey of becoming a pharmacist. Read on to find information about the NAPLEX, study materials and practice exams preparing you for the NAPLEX test.


NAPLEX Exam Information

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NAPLEX - National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) The official NAPLEX website that will give you all the information you need about the pharmacy licensure exam. You will also need to register with NABP before you can take the exam.

Schedule Your Exam

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NABP Testing with Pearson VUE You need to register with Pearson to get your authorization number as well as exam dates, during which you will be eligible to take the NAPLEX exam.

Practice Test

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Pre-NAPLEX Examination It is pre-exam practice test where you will face questions similar to the ones you will face on the day of the test. It is an online test which can be taken to up to 2 times.
PharmacyLibrary (NAPLEX Review - You will need to create a personal account in Pharmacy Library to take practice exams) PharmacyLibrary is a useful tool with the help of which you can take more than 2000 questions, preparing you for the NAPLEX.
AccessPharmacy (You will need to create a personal account in AccessPharmacy to take practice exams) AccessPharmacy is a comprehensive resource where you will find over 3000 questions, preparing you for the NAPLEX.
BoardVitals Board Vitals is a question bank and practice test resource where you will find more than 1400 NAPLEX exam board review practice questions with detailed explanations for both correct and incorrect answers.
Kaplan With Kaplan you can take a free NAPLEX practice test or a quiz. You can also find fast facts and preparation material to prepare you better for the NAPLEX.
ExamMaster Exam Master offers a question bank and practice tests based on the current version of the NAPLEX test.

Study Materials

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Lange Q&A Pharmacy With this link you can access the book, particularly meant for those approaching graduation and the NAPLEX. A pharmacist can use it as a useful resource to his/her knowledge of many subject relevant topics.
Community Pharmacy Practice Case Studies Get your practice for case studies from the Pharmacy Library that offers more than 300 cases categorized in 18 diseases.
The APhA Complete Review for Pharmacy, 12th edition These are two more useful resources that you can tap from Pharmacy Library.
Pharmacology: Examination & Board Review Pharmacy students will find this book complementing their regular coursework. It enhances a student's command of pharmacology, helping them prepare for both the regular as well as board examinations.
Pharmacy and Federal Drug Law Review This book will take pharmacy students through 200 real life case study reviews of diseases states, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmaceutics, pharmacologic as well as an overview of federal pharmacy law.
Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests, 6e Use this link to get an easy access for a guide to diagnostic tests.
Calculators AccessPharmacy (Calculators) Use this link to access a useful tool of a calculator to conduct various medical calculations.
Physiology Case Studies in Pharmacy Browse through over 300 practice cases categorized in 18 disease state topics.
Complete Math Review for Pharmacy With this book you get 13 chapters of a refresher course in Pharmaceutical Math.



Career

Whether you are a pharmacy aspirant, wanting to know your career options or someone who is looking for professional growth with a change of job, the resources in this section will help you succeed with you career aspirations and let you know what is out there and what can you expect in terms of monetary fulfillment. Browse through resources related to pharmacy jobs, pharmacy technician and pharmacist salary.


Jobs

In this section we have listed some of the best resources on the internet that will take you closer to coveted job opportunities. Depending on what you are looking for, these are top job portals, which connect pharmacy professionals and employers.

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inPharmacyJobs This site provides jobseekers free job listings in the pharmacy industry. Recruitments for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, administrators and sales people are posted.
American Pharmacists Association - Career Center APhA takes you to the PTCB Career Center where you can find pharmacy technician jobs.
AACP - Career Development This site houses pharmacy recruitments from all across the country.
CareerPharm A career service provided by ASHP, it takes you through numerous positions, including an online job board, virtual career fair and personnel placement service at the Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Company List of PhRMA This site represents the country's leading biopharmaceutical research companies. You can find placements browsing through postings on their career page.
Working at FDA Find vacancies, internships, graduate and faulty programs on the FDA's career page.
RX Career center The site is home to the largest job board on the internet for pharmacists, pharmacy technician jobs.
Elite Pharmacy Jobs Find a comprehensive list of pharmacy technician and pharmacist job postings on this site.
Health Career Web Find pharmacy technician and pharmacist jobs on this site that houses allied health career postings.
TopUSAJobs.com Find millions of jobs and hundreds of career boards with the help of this Job Search Engine.
HealthServicesJobs.com Search for health career jobs including that of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists.
LinkedIn Job Search LinkedIn is a leading professional network where job seekers can network and seek recruitment.
Indeed (Pharmacist) Access the link to directly go to pharmacist job postings across the country.
Indeed (Pharmacy Technician) Find jobs postings for thousands of pharmacy jobs across the nation.
AllPharmacistJobs Find thousands of pharmacist, pharmacy management and pharmacy technician jobs.

Pharmacist Salary

You can find accurate salary information for pharmacists across the nation with the help of the links below. Salaries across various work environments and states, job outlook can easily be sources from these sites.

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Find accurate information about a pharmacist salary and job outlook by accessing this link.
Indeed Get to know more about pharmacist salaries by company and location in the United States.
PayScale A useful link to compare pharmacist salaries across the nation.
Latest 2018 Pharmacist Salary Detailed Salary and Job Outlook Details for a Pharmacist

Pharmacy Technician Salary

Pharmacy technicians can learn detailed salary information from the resources below. The most recent (2018) and comprehensive salary data can be derived from these useful links.

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics A trusted source to know about the pharmacy technician salary and job outlook.
Indeed Find out how much a pharmacy technician earns and compare salaries by company in the United States.
PayScale Get more insights about pharmacy technician's salary browsing through this site.
Pharmacy Technician Salary in 2018 Find in-depth information about a pharmacy technician's salary.



News, Journals and Publications

If you are someone associated with the field of pharmacy, you will want to keep up with the latest pharmaceutical news and information. In this section you will find select resources that will give you easy access to the latest pharmacy news and other relevant information related to drugs, clinical trials, pharmacy law and regulations. These resources can also be helpful in complementing your pharmacy education.


NEWS

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American Medical News American Medical News is a print and electronic news source for physicians. Although the site does not post any new content, you can access it vast collection of features and columns.
World Pharma News It is a world pharmacy news portal where you can find the latest news in the world of pharmacy.
Medscape Medscape is where you will find the latest medical news and expert perspectives and relevant professional education.
Pharmacy Times Pharmacy Times is a resource where you will find updated information about medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management, patient counseling, product news and pharmacy law.
Pharmacy Choice Here as a pharmacist, pharmacy technician or pharmacy job seeker find comprehensive information about pharmacy career services, RX drug information and continuing education related articles.
Pharmacy Library Pharmacy Library contains all the possible pharmacy related information. Access this portal for APhA's authoritative textbooks, PharmacotherapyFirst which is an interactive NAPLEX review and more than 250 Active Learning Exercises for various kinds of educational settings.
MedicalNewsToday You can access MedicalNewsToday for daily updated news content from the medical field.
FDANews Here you can find newsletter, books and special reports about legislative and business news from the industries regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

JOURNALS

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U.S. Pharmacist U.S. Pharmacist is a monthly journal that is dedicated to the pharmacists in the nation. It contains up-to-date articles about contemporary pharmacy practice in various kinds of clinical settings. It can also be a good resource for pharmacy technicians and students.
Nature: Drug Discovery Here you can access journals related to topics such as drug discovery and development.
Pharmacological Reviews The journal has review articles covering topics such as biomedical and cellular pharmacology, drug metabolism and disposition, renal pharmacology, neuropharmacology, clinical pharmacology and toxicology.
Journal of Pharmacy Research With or without a subscription, you can get access to interdisciplinary literature with articles from up to 3,800 journals and over 37,000 book titles.
International Journal of Pharmaceutics The International Journal of Pharmaceutics is one of the most regarded journals in the Pharmaceuticals Sciences field.
PubMed You can find millions of references for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books.
CINAHL Complete (EBSCOHost) This resource gives you full and easy access to top journals, evidence-based care sheets, quick lessons that are related to nursing and allied health careers.
Web of Science (ISI) With scores of online resource material available, ISI comes handy, providing indexing of major international journals and publications, giving you an easy and organized access to relevant information.
SciFinder Scholar You can find information related to chemistry, chemical reactions and literature references listed by expert scientists.
Cochrane Library (Wiley) Cochrane Library is a database of peer-review systematic reviews concerning the healthcare industry. The reviews are prepared and supervised by an in-house editorial team.
The American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education An open access journal, it is the official scholarly publication of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy AJHP is the official publication of the ASHP and it publishes peer reviewed scientific papers on contemporary drug therapy and pharmacy practice innovations. The journal is the most widely recognized pharmacy journal in the world.
International Journal of Pharmacy and Technology The International Journal of Pharmacy and Technology is an online quarterly journal that publishes original research in topics related to pharmaceuticals, biological sciences, information technology and engineering.

PUBLICATIONS

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Merck Manual Merck Manual is a comprehensive source of information for all, including medical professionals, students, consumers and veterinarians.
DrugTopics Browse through this site for award winning content serving a pharmacist's clinical, practical and business information needs.
Drug Store News Find the latest news regarding drug stores and pharmacies, covering a wide range of topics such as health and wellness, OTC, generic and branded drugs and beauty pharma products.



Drugs

Either as a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician you are involved in dispensing drugs to patients. Hence it becomes extremely essential to know your drugs well. We have compiled a comprehensive list of drug information you will ever need during the course of your pharmacy career. Additionally, these resources can also help you out with the PTCB and NAPLEX exam preparation. Read on to get your own compete guide of drug information.


Drug Information

In this section you will find various resources that will give you comprehensive and reliable information about drugs, get you through a database of clinical trials, bring out details about unknown drugs, highlight the efficacy of herbal remedies and dietary supplements and much more other drug related information.

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ClinicalTrials ClinicalTrials.gov is a resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
DailyMed DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information.
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets This site helps you strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements.
Dietary Supplements Labels Database The site includes complete label derived information from dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S.
Drug Information Portal The Drug Information Portal gives users information about selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies.
MedlinePlus You can find out information about prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines including their side-effects, dosage and special precautions.
Pillbox You can access this site to identify medications by their appearance and ingredients and explore current and past marketed products based on information such as active and inactive ingredients.
PubMed PubMed takes you through 28 million citations for biomedical literature form Medline, life science journals and online books.
TOXNET Browse through this database that covers chemicals, drugs, diseases and the environment, safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations and toxicology.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Search for FDA approved drug products.
Medscape (comprehensive medical reference information) You can explore information about drugs, over the counter medications, herbals, diseases, latest clinical guidelines and procedures.
PDR Health | Rx Drug Interactions, Side Effects | Official site of Physicians' Desk Reference The link is a digital reference where you can search over 2,300 drug guides by drug names.
Drugs.com | Prescription Drugs - Information, Interactions & Side Effects Check drug interactions, with an interactions checker, identify your medication with a pill identifier and search for medical transcriptionist.
Epocrates Online Check drug information for thousands of brand, generic and OTC drugs.
WebMD Read drug reviews, information about drugs and the conditions they are used for.
Walgreens Access this library to find drug side-effects, common uses, generic alternatives and patient reviews.
Uptodate Browse through research studies and its impact on patient outcomes. The information is reviewed by experts and keeps getting updated continually.
WHO Drug Information Find information related to drug development and regulation. The list includes proposed and recommended international non-proprietary names for pharmaceutical substances.
RxList: The Internet Drug Index You can find information on symptoms, early detection, treatments and risk factors. Additionally, browse through top health and drug news.
DrugWatch Drug watch takes you through information on high-risk medical products and associated health issues; drug and device stories that can help you make informed health decisions.
Orange Book Find information about approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations.

Natural Medicine Resources (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

As an aspiring pharmacy professional it makes sense for you to understand the basic difference between the two disciplines of medicine and how they work. While complementary medicine complements conventional treatments, alternative medicine is an alternate choice made by the patient instead of conventional methods. As a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician you should be aware of the patient going through any of the natural medicine treatments in order to avoid potential adverse reactions and interactions with conventional medicines. Get to know more about complementary and alternative medicine in this section.

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Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care Find useful articles and news on acupuncture and oriental medicine, chiropractic, midwifery, massage therapy and naturopathic medicine.
Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine Get to know about the latest happenings in the field of integrative medicine by browsing through the website.
International Society for Complementary Medicine Research The society works towards the development of complementary medicine research. Use its website to network and access newsflashes and newsletters on complementary medicine research.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) The site provides high-integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research, which can be useful for you to go through to make informed healthcare decisions and improve health outcomes.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health The center is the federal government's lead agency for scientific research on diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products. Go through the site to read articles on various health topics.
Office of Cancer--Complementary and Alternative Medicine Access this NIH link to read about how alternative and complementary treatment can help cancer patients and their families.
Office of Dietary Supplements The NIH link takes you to the office of Dietary Supplements where you can find fact sheets giving you current overview of individual vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements.
MedlinePlus--Complementary & Alternative Medicine Access the Medline Plus link to get information on complementary and alternative medicine from the NIH.
USDA--Dietary Supplements This resource can be used to find links for information about dietary and nutritional supplements, including resource lists, individual supplement information and resources for assessing supplement use.
Dietary Supplements Label Database Search for dietary supplement label database by accessing this page link.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database With a handy search button this link allows you to easily search information about any alternative, complementary and integrated therapy, diseases and drug ingredients.
American Botanical Council (Reliable Herbal Medicine Information) Get reliable information about herbal remedies.
Alternative Medicine Foundation A resourceful source to tap information on the integration of alternative and conventional medicine.
American Chiropractic Association The largest professional chiropractic organization in the nation, it can be useful to gain inter-professional insights in terms of interesting articles and stories.
Homeveda Go through home and ayurvedic remedies for various health conditions.
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Explore the website to know more about how acupuncture can be incorporated into traditional medical practice.
American Institute of Homeopathy Getting to know more about homeopathy as a treatment option can help broaden your knowledge base as a pharmacy practitioner.

How to Pronounce Drug Names

This resource will help you learn how to pronounce the names of the top 250 drugs with the help of some engaging quizzes and videos.

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How to Pronounce Drug Names This resource will help you learn how to pronounce the names of the top 250 drugs with the help of some engaging quizzes and videos.

Calculators

Either as a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician, performing pharmacy calculations is a vital part of your day and requires utmost accuracy. Browse through some great resources to help you master pharmacy calculations.

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CDC skin permeation calculator This calculator estimates the value of kp from an aqueous vehicle using three different models: Frasch, Potts and Guy and Modified Robinson
GlobalRPh list of medical calculators You can access a wide range of medical calculators form this link. Search from the extensive list that is organized in an alphabetical order.
MedCalc Search from a collection of on-line clinical calculators that were created since 1998.
Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) health calculators Health calculators such as Body Mass Index, Creatinine Clearance, Pregnancy Date, Coronary Heart Disease Risk, LDL Cholesterol Goal Level can be accessed from this link.
RPh World calculator portal You can find a number of clinical calculators which will be useful during the course of your pharmacy practice.
Pharmaceutical Calculations Explore this site to learn about healthcare mathematics. You can even download its book that teaches basic math review and pharmaceutical calculations.

Dictionary

The following links in this section are great resources for you to look up technical definitions and synonyms for drugs, meanings for acronyms and abbreviations from the field of medicine and pharmacy.

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USP Dictionary The site is a reference for non-proprietary drug names chemical structures.
NCI Drug Dictionary The dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer.
NCI Dictionary of Genetics Terms This page takes you through technical definitions for more than 200 terms related to genetics.
NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms Find 8,295 terms related to cancer and medicine on this page.
Dictionary of natural products, Dictionary of drugs, Dictionary of organic compounds The dictionary is a chemical database where you can search chemical text.
Medical Abbreviations and Pharmaceutical Abbreviations Dictionary You can make a quick search for medical abbreviations



Best Practices and Law

Well, as a pharmacy professional, in addition to dispensing medications, it is essential that you ensure to regulatory compliance and adopt to best practices to keep the pharmacy running smoothly. You need to keep yourself updated with case studies and changing pharmacy laws and ethics. In this section you will find useful resource links that you can use to refer to go through evidence-based practice and pharmacy laws and regulations.


Evidence Based Practice

Evidence based practice helps you with clinical decision-making by using evidence that is well designed and well researched. Going through evidences from different sources will equip you better with decision-making in the pharmacy. All the resources listed below will be handy references that you can use during the course of your pharmacy career.

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Trip database You can find articles and links to umpteen articles, systematic reviews by browsing through this medical database.
PubMed You can through more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books.
Cochrane library Go through this database that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to make an informed health decision.
UpToDate Go through this physician authored evidence-based resource for your clinical decision support.
DynaMed Plus Find useful evidence-based information for health care professionals on this site.
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Browse through the site for evidence-based healthcare through a variety of methods.
BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine This journal takes you through tools, methods and concepts that are basic and central to practising evidence-based medicine.
U.S. Pharmacist Pharmacist can access this resource for evidence-based information.
Evidence-Based Medicine Toolbox Access this link for articles on evidence-based medicine.
Google Scholar Use the Google Scholar tab to search for evidence-based information as per your requirement.

Laws & Regulations

Laws and regulations extensively govern the pharmacy profession. Any violation of the same can jeopardize your career. All pharmacy practitioners should know about any new enacted legislation or regulation. It is necessary to refer to resources that are reliable and accurate to keep yourself up-to-date. Browse through the links below for any information you need about pharmacy laws and regulations.

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DEA Diversion Control Program Learn about controlled substances, regulated chemicals and scheduling actions.
FDA Rules & Regulations Learn about FDA's regulation updates and review of proposed and final rules.
FDA-Related Legislation The link takes you to Laws Enforced by the FDA; keep yourself updated with the latest amendments made by the FDA.
American Society for Pharmacy Law The non-profit organization helps in furthering knowledge in law related to pharmacies, pharmacists and distribution of drugs. Browse through the site for informative articles or become a member to gain further benefits.
U.S. Pharmacist Find some interesting reads about pharmacy law.
Regulations.gov Search for pharmacy rules and regulations from this resource.
Drug Enforcement Administration Read about drug enforcement news and features by accessing the link.