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PharmacyReviewGuides
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GeneralReferenceInformation
ThePharmacyExaminingBoardofCanadadoesnotendorseanypreparatorycoursematerialofanykind,and
anypretencebyanindividualorgroupinmakingsuchaclaimisliabletolegalprosecution.
Itisthecandidatesresponsibilitytoutilizesuitablereferencematerialsandotherresourcesinpreparationfor
takingtheQualifyingExamination.Youshouldidentifyyourpersonallearningneedsinaccordancewiththe
examinationblueprint(andconsideration,ifapplicable,offeedbackfromanypreviousexaminationattempt).
Itisimportantforpractisingpharmaciststocontinuallystayuptodatewiththerapeuticsandclinicalguidelines
andotherpharmacypracticeissues.Thisincludesstayingcurrentasnewdevelopmentsreachpracticeandthe
workplace.Comparedtootherreferences,oneofthelimitationsoftextbooksisthelagtimebeforeupdated
editionsappear.ItisimportantforcandidatestousecurrentinformationwhenpreparingfortheQualifying
Examination.
Pharmacistsareexpectedtobefamiliarwiththeuseofavarietyofdruginformationresourcesandhavea
workingknowledgeofwhichreferencesareusefulinspecificsituations.
InformationaboutpharmacypracticeinCanadacanbefoundontheNationalAssociationofPharmacy
RegulatoryAuthorities(NAPRA)website(www.napra.ca).The"NAPRAModelStandardsofPractice"further
explainandillustratetheNAPRAcompetencies,whicharethebasisofthePEBCQualifyingExamination
blueprint.ManyotherusefulresourcesandpracticetoolscanalsobefoundontheNAPRAwebsite.
Inadditiontoyouruniversityeducationandpersonallearning,theidealtoolforacquiringCanadianpharmacy
practiceskillsistoundertakehandsonpracticeexperienceworkinginaCanadianpharmacysettingwithdirect
patientcareservices.Practiceexperiencewillofferinsightsintotheroleofthepharmacistinpatientcare,the
Canadianhealthcaresystem,legal,professionalandethicalissuesdruginformationandcriticalreviewofthe
scientificliteratureandcommonlyseenclinical,therapeutic,technicalandotherpracticescenarios.
Thereareanumberofstructured,preparatorybridgingprogramscurrentlyavailableinCanada,including:the
InternationalPharmacyGraduate(IPG)PrograminOntarioattheUniversityofTorontotheCanadianPharmacy
PracticeProgrammeinBritishColumbia(attheUniversityofBritishColumbia)andtheInternationalPharmacy
BridgingPrograminAlberta(BredinInstituteinEdmonton).PleaserefertotheInternetResourcesBridging
Programssectionforcontactinformationabouttheseprograms.Youmayalsowishtocontacttheregulatory
authorityinotherprovincesforinformationregardingotherassistanceorprogramsforacquiringskillsfor
practiceasapharmacistinCanada.
ReferenceListings
Thefollowinglistingsareintendedasageneralguideandcoveravarietyoftopicsandmaybehelpfultoyouas
youpreparetotaketheQualifyingExamination.Thislistcoversawidevarietyoftopics,butitisNOTintended
toserveasadetailedsyllabusnorshoulditbeassumedthattheseresourcesarethesourceofexamination

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questions.ThecontentoftheQualifyingExaminationPartIandPartIIisnotbasedonaparticularreference
textbook,butratherontheNAPRAcompetenciesasindicatedintheexaminationblueprint.Listingsare
presentedinthefollowingthreesections:
pharmacyreviewguides,
pharmacytextbooks,
internetresources.
PharmacyReviewGuides
ThesethreeAmericanpharmacyreviewguidesarecomprehensivesubjectreviewscontainingalargenumberof
multiplechoicequestions,coveringmanysubjectareasrelatedtopharmaceuticaleducationandpharmacy
practiceissues.NotethatdrugnamesandunitsofmeasuremaybedifferentinCanada.Federallawreview
questionsmustbeavoidedastheyarebasedonAmericanlegislation,notCanadian.
AppletonandLangeReviewofPharmacy,byHallandReiss,McGrawHillMedical.
PharmPrep:ASHP'sNAPLEXReview,byEilandandGinsburg,AmericanSocietyofHealthSystem
Pharmacists.
ComprehensivePharmacyReviewforNAPLEX,ed.byShargeletal,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins.
PharmacyTextbooks(currenteditions)
ThefollowingreferencesareexamplesoftextbookscurrentlybeingusedinCanadianpharmacyeducation
programs.Manyofthesetextbooksareavailablefromtheuniversitybookstoresassociatedwiththevarious
CanadianPharmacyprogrammesorotherretailbooksellers,includingonlinesources.Thelistingsshownfirst
aremajortextbookreferenceswhichformtheframeworkforstudiesinpharmacology,pathophysiologyand
therapeuticscourses.
KodaKimbleandYoung'sAppliedTherapeutics,TheClinicalUseofDrugs,LippincottWilliamsand
Wilkins.(Patientcasebasedcomprehensivereference)
ClinicalPharmacyandTherapeutics,ed.byWalkerandWhittlesea,ChurchillLivingstone.
Goodman&Gilmans:ThePharmacologicalBasisofTherapeutics,ed.byBruntonetal,McGrawHill
Professional.
Pharmacotherapy:APathophysiologicApproach,ed.byDiPiro,Talbert,etal,McGrawHillMedical.
Pharmacotherapy:PrinciplesandPractice,byChisholmBurnsetal,McGrawHillMedical
ClinicalDrugData,ed.bySmithetal,McGrawHillMedical.
ThenextfivelistingsareallresourcespublishedbyTheCanadianPharmacistsAssociation,Ottawa,ON
(www.pharmacists.ca)andmaybeorderedonline.
CompendiumofTherapeuticChoices,CanadianPharmacistsAssociation.
MinorAilments(printandonlineversions)
1)CompendiumofTherapeuticsforMinorAilments,CanadianPharmacistsAssociation.
2)CompendiumofProductsforMinorAilments,CanadianPharmacistsAssociation.
CompendiumofPharmaceuticalsandSpecialties(CPS),CanadianPharmacistsAssociation(printand
onlineversions)
SafeandEffective:TheEightEssentialElementsofanOptimalMedicationUseSystem,ed.by
MacKinnon,CanadianPharmacistsAssociation.
AdditionalTextbookListings:
TheMerckManualofDiagnosisandTherapy,byPorter,MerckPublications.
BasicSkillsinInterpretingLaboratoryData,byLee,AmericanSocietyofHealthSystemPharmacists
Publication.
ClinicalPharmacokinetics,byMurphy,AmericanSocietyofHealthSystemPharmacistsPublication.
AppliedBiopharmaceuticsandPharmacokinetics:PrinciplesofTherapeuticDrugMonitoring,edby
Shargeletal,McGrawHillMedical.
DrugInteractionsAnalysisandManagement,byHanstenandHorn,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins.
DrugInformation:AGuideforPharmacists,byMalone,KierandStanovich,McGrawHillMedical.
HowtoReadaPaper:TheBasicsofEvidenceBasedMedicine,byGreenhalgh,BMJBooks.
MakingSenseofCriticalAppraisal,byAjetunmobi,CRCPress.
Remington:TheScienceandPracticeofPharmacy,ThePharmaceuticalPress.
MartindaleTheCompleteDrugReference,byBrayfield,ThePharmaceuticalPress.
PharmaceuticalCalculations,byAnsel,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins.
PharmaceuticalCarePractice,byCipolle,StrandandMorley,McGrawHill,Medical.
CommunicationSkillsinPharmacyPractice,ed.byBeardsley,etal,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins.
EssentialsofCulturalCompetenceinPharmacyPractice,byHalburetal,AmericanPharmacists
AssociationPublication.
PharmacistsTalkingwithPatients,byRantucci,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins.
DrugsinPregnancyandLactation,byBriggsetal,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins.

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PharmacoethicsAProblemBasedApproach,byGettmanetal,CRCPress.
EthicalIssuesinPharmacy,Weinstein,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins.
TheCompleteNaturalMedicineGuidetothe50MostCommonMedicinalHerbs,byBoonandSmith,
RobertRosePublishing.
BohsPharmacyPracticeManual,byStein,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins.
FocusonSafeMedicationPractices,Rantucci,StewartandStewart,LippincottWilliamsandWilkins
MethadoneMaintenance:APharmacist'sGuidetoTreatment,Isaacetal,CAMHPublication.
OnLineInformationSources
PubMedwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedfreeaccesstoprimaryliteraturethroughMedline
CochraneLibrarywww.cochrane.orgaccesstosystematicreviewsoftheeffectsofhealthcareinterventions
Rxfileswww.rxfiles.calimitedfreeinformationisavailableonlineaccessotherwisebysubscription
USNationalLibraryofMedicineDrugsandLactationDatabase(LactMed)http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov
SubscriptionBasedDrugInformationDatabases
MicromedexHealthcare:DRUGDEXdruginformationdatabasePOISINDEXinformationondrugoverdoses
andtoxicologicexposures
Lexicompdruginformationdatabase
AHFSDIEssentialsdruginformationdatabase.
InternetResources
Thefollowinglistingsincludeaselectionofwebsiteswithspecifickindsofinformationsuchascurrent
legislation,pharmacypracticeresources,andothertimelytopicswhichareusefultopractisingpharmacistsand
thosewhoareseekinglicensureaspharmacistsinCanada.Notethatprovincialregulatoryauthoritiesotherthan
thoselistedmayoffersimilarresourcesthatyoucanaccess.
WebsitesHelpfulForPharmacyPractice:
NationalAssociationofProvincialRegulatoryAuthoritieswww.napra.ca
Usefullinksincludethefollowing:
PharmacyPracticeandRegulatoryResources
NationalDrugSchedules
Licensing/Registration
HealthCanadawww.hcsc.gc.ca
Frommainpage,usethesearchbuttonatthetoptofindinformationon:
CanadaHealthAct
MedEffect
CanadaVigilanceProgram
FoodandDrugsActandRegulations
ControlledDrugsandSubstancesAct(CDSA)andRegulations(includingPrecursorControlRegulation)
NarcoticControlRegulations
BenzodiazepinesandOtherTargetedSubstancesRegulations
MarihuanaMedicalAccessRegulations
CanadianAgencyforDrugsandTechnologiesinHealthwww.cadth.ca
UsefullinksincludeCommonDrugReviewandOptimalUse"
PrivacyLegislationDepartmentofJusticehttp://www.priv.gc.ca/
SeelinkforPersonalInformationProtectionandElectronicDocumentsAct(PIPEDA)
PublicHealthAgencyofCanadawww.phacaspc.gc.ca
Seelinkfor"Immunization&Vaccines"forCanadianImmunizationGuide.
LearningToolsandOtherResourcesAvailableonPRAorUniversitywebsites:
CollegeofPharmacistsofBritishColumbiawww.bcpharmacists.org
Resources
ProfessionalDevelopment
OntarioCollegeofPharmacistswww.ocpinfo.com
ContinuingEducation
PracticeTools
DalhousieUniversity(Halifax,NovaScotia)www.dal.ca
DrugInformationResources
Pleasevisitwebsitesregularly,forupdatesandcorrections.
ClinicalPracticeGuidelines
Toobtainuptodateevidencebasedinformationdesignedtoassistinpatientcaredecisionsforthe
managementofspecificdiseasestates,youmaysearch,usingyourInternetbrowser,forCanadianConsensus
GuidelinesorClinicalPracticeGuidelines(andnarrowthesearchbyselectingaspecificdiseasestate).
Addingthecurrentyeartoyoursearchwillhelptoensurethatmostrecentupdatestoguidelinesarelistedatthe
beginningofyoursearchresults.
Someexamplesincludethefollowing:
Hypertension(CanadianHypertensionEducationProgram)RecommendationsfortheManagementof

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Hypertension
CardiovascularDiseases(CanadianCardiovascularSociety)GuidelinesLibrary
Diabetes(CanadianDiabetesAssociation)ClinicalPracticeGuidelinesforthePreventionandManagement
ofDiabetesinCanada
Asthma(CanadianThoracicSociety)AsthmaManagementGuideline
COPD(CanadianThoracicSociety)RecommendationsfortheManagementofCOPD
Additional:
TheCanadianMedicalAssociationJournal(CMAJ)website(www.cmaj.ca)offersotherclinicalpractice
guidelinesandinformationonavarietyofdiseasetopics
HealthCanadawebsite(www.hcsc.gc.ca)clickon"HealthConcerns"and"HealthyLiving"frommenuatthe
left
ProfessionalPractice&InformationResources:
CanadianBlueprintforPharmacywww.blueprintforpharmacy.ca
CanadianSocietyofHospitalPharmacists(CSHP)www.cshp.caclickonPublicationsStatements
areopenaccessbutotherpublicationsrequireamembershiplogin
CanadianPatientSafetyInstitute(CPSI)www.patientsafetyinstitute.caclickonEducationorToolsand
Resources
DevelopingPharmacyPractice:AFocusonPatientCare
www.who.int/medicines/publications/WHO_PSM_PAR_2006.5.pdf(contenttopicsincludePharmaceuticalCare,
Pharmacypracticetrends,DrugInformationandliteratureappraisal,andPhamacoeconomicanalysis)
InstituteforSafeMedicationPractices(ISMP)www.ismp.orgclickonMedicationSafetyToolsand
Resourcessectionorwww.ismpcanada.orgforCanadian"SafetyBulletins"
InternationalPharmacyGraduatePrograms:
www.ipgcanada.ca(Ontario)
CanadianPharmacySkills
EnhancedLanguageProgram
www.cpd.pharmacy.ubc.ca(BritishColumbia)
CanadianPharmacyPracticeProgramme
www.bredin.ca(Alberta)
InternationalPharmacyBridgingProgram
www.iehpcanada.utoronto.ca(Canada)
OrientationcourseontheCanadianhealthcaresystemforinternationallyeducatedhealthcareprofessionals
InformationaboutContinuingEducation(CE)Learning:
ContinuingEducationinPharmacyinCanadaiscoordinatedbyCCCEP:theCanadianCouncilonContinuing
EducationinPharmacy.CCCEPapprovedlearningprogramsareavailablefromawidevarietyofsources.Some
oftheseincludethefollowing:
CanadianPharmacistsAssociation(CPhA)(www.pharmacists.ca)clickon"Education&PracticeResources",
"ProfessionalDevelopment"
CanadianHealthcareNetwork(www.canadianhealthcarenetwork.ca)
ProvidesCElessonsfromPharmacyPracticeandothersources
rxBriefCase(www.rxbriefcase.com)
IncludeslinkstovariousCElearningresources,includingtheMylanCollaborativeSeries
MostCElearningmodulesaredesignedtoenhanceindividualknowledgeinTherapeuticsandDiseaseState
Management.WhenchoosingtoselfstudywithCCEPPapprovedCElearningmodules,itisimportantfora
candidatetoselfassessthewiderangeofavailablediseasestateandtherapeuticstopicsandmakeselections
toensurethat:
1)individualgapsinknowledgewillbeaddressed,and
2)diseasetopicsreflectthoseseenmostfrequentlyinpatientcarepracticesettings,aswellasthosewhere
drugtherapyplaysanimportantandcriticalroleinpatientcareoutcomes.
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