categories. A general statement pertaining to the therapeutic category is included at the
beginning of each individual section. Individual drug monographs that present
information on drug chemistry, dosage, and preparations follow this general statement.
Information on the drug monographs is kept current by periodic supplements to the
The American Drug Index. Norman Billups writes the American Drug Index
(ADI). The book is designed to provide information to all medical personnel in general
and to pharmacy personnel in particular. The monographs contained in the ADI are
listed in alphabetical order. Both trade and generic names are provided. The
monographs in the ADI do not provide information on actions and dosage. Instead,
specific information (that is, manufacturer, amount of each ingredient present in the
dosage form and the use of the drug) is provided for each product listed.
j. Pharmaceutical Calculations. Mitchell J. Stoklosa wrote this reference. It
was designed for use as a calculation text. Although it is not a pharmacology text, it is
useful to rely on such a reference when questions on dosage calculations arise.
Periodic review of calculation concepts is helpful to all pharmacy personnel.
k. Facts and Comparisons. Facts and Comparisons, Inc wrote this reference.
It is designed to be used by most medical personnel in general and by pharmacy
personnel in particular. Facts and Comparisons are organized into twelve main
chapters by drug use. Drugs and/or drug products are listed together in such a way as
to provide rapid comparisons between drugs or products that are similar in use or
content. Individual drug monographs provide comprehensive information on drug
actions, contraindications, warnings and precautions, drug interactions, adverse
reactions, over-dosage, and administration and dosage. The publisher provides
monthly updates of this loose-leaf text. These updates ensure that the most recent
information on new products and developments in drug therapy are available to the
reader. Moreover, the publisher has available a slide-tape presentation which provides
information on the use of the reference.
l. Handbook of Poisoning: Diagnosis and Treatment. This text was written
by Dr. Robert H. Dreisbach and published by Lange Medical Publications. This
reference provides a concise summary of the diagnosis and treatment of many poisons.
The book is divided into chapters that discuss such topics as general considerations
(that is, prevention and management), agricultural poisons, industrial hazards,
household hazards, medicinal poisons, and animal and plant hazards. Information on
first-aid measures is found on the front and back covers of the text.
m. The United States Pharmacopoeia and The National Formulary. The
United States Pharmacopoeia and The National Formulary reference contains
standards and tests for quality, purity, strength, packaging, and labeling of drugs in the
United States. This reference is designed to be used by researchers and pharmacists
who are concerned about the standards that have been established for drugs. The
United States Pharmacopoeia and The National Formulary reference has information