4th Edition

Pharmacy What It Is and How It Works

By William N. Kelly Copyright 2018
    417 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    417 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now fully updated for its fourth edition, Pharmacy: What It Is and How It Works continues to provide a comprehensive review of all aspects of pharmacy, from the various roles, pathways and settings of pharmacists to information about how pharmacy works within the broader health care system.

    Beginning with a brief historical perspective on the field, the book discusses the many facets of the pharmacy profession. It describes the role of pharmacists in different settings and provides information ranging from licensing requirements to working conditions, highlighting the critical role of pharmacists within the health care system. The author examines the drug use process with sections on distribution, prescribing, dispensing, and pricing. He also discusses the role of pharmacy support personnel. A chapter on informatics explores how pharmacy has evolved through information technology and automation. Additional chapters cover poison control, pharmaceutical care, pharmacy organizations, the drug approval process, and career development.

    Designed for classroom and professional use, the book contains numerous tools to facilitate comprehension, including:

    • Learning objectives to help readers focus on the goals of each chapter
    • Informative tables and figures summarizing data
    • Summary paragraphs tying in salient points
    • Discussion questions and exercises to test assimilation
    • "Challenges" which place the material in broader context
    • Websites and references to encourage further study

    This valuable text provides a look into the profession that is both broad and deep, supplying a one-stop introduction to a promising career in pharmacy.

    Chapter 1 What Is Pharmacy?

    Chapter 2 The Pharmacist

    Chapter 3 Pharmacists and the Health Care System

    Chapter 4 The Drug Use Process

    Chapter 5 Pharmacy Supportive Personnel

    Chapter 6 Pharmacy Informatics

    Chapter 7 Pharmaceutical Care

    Chapter 8 Ambulatory(Community)Pharmacy

    Chapter 9 Health System Pharmacy

    Chapter 10 Managed Care Pharmacy

    Chapter 11 Home Health and Hospice Care Pharmacy

    Chapter 12 Long-Term Care Pharmacy

    Chapter 13 Government Pharmacy

    Chapter 14 Drug Information and Poison Control

    Chapter 16 Pharmacy Organizations

    Chapter 17 How Drugs Are Discovered, Tested, and Approved

    Chapter 18 The Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry

    Chapter 19 Other Opportunities for Pharmacists

    Chapter 20 Career Development


    William N. Kelly has 50 years of experience in healthcare as a pharmacy executive, researcher, professor, and clinician. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 12 book chapters, and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. He is also a full professor, and special assistant to the Dean for innovative practice at the College of Pharmacy of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Kelly is also president of William N. Kelly Consulting & Publishing, Inc., a company devoted to advancing medication safety and the practice of pharmacy, senior vice president of scientific affairs for Visante, and vice president of Vivace Health Solutions.

    Dr. Kelly is the author of The Good Pharmacist: Characteristics, Virtues, and Habits, published in 2011; Prescribed Medication and the Public Health: Laying the Foundation for Risk Reduction, published in 2006; and, co-author of Leadership and Management in Pharmacy Practice (2nd ed.), published in 2015.

    He lives with his wife, Trudy, in Clearwater, Florida, and enjoys reading, swimming, golf, spending time with his children and grandchildren, stamp collecting, and serving as a medical missionary in Central America.