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Pharmacology for Technicians

Pharmacology for Technicians


Edition: 7

Copyright: 2021

Pages: 920

As the most in-depth pharmacology courseware designed specifically for pharmacy technicians, this program provides students with the key concepts and pharmacology information required to succeed in the pharmacy. Students will develop an understanding of drug classes and the mechanisms of action for many drugs. They will also gain insight into why certain drugs are prescribed for particular disease states and obtain instruction for making informed, intelligent decisions when dispensing drugs. Learn more.


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Dr. Jennifer Danielson, PharmD, MBA, CDE, has been a pharmacist since 1993 and a recognized leader in pharmacy education since 1996. She has spent most of her academic career serving as Director of Experiential Education at four pharmacy schools (University of Washington, University of Colorado, Campbell University, and Oregon State University). From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Danielson served as chair of the pharmacy technician program at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs where she taught pharmacology. It was her work in Colorado that formed the basis for her approach to teaching this topic to pharmacy technician students in this textbook.

Dr. Danielson has presented and published on various topics in pharmacy education on the national, regional, and local levels. Her current teaching and scholarship responsibilities are in interprofessional education and diabetes-related topics. Her practice background in diabetes care in the ambulatory clinic setting provides inspiration for her teaching and writing. Her most recent work at the University of Washington involves the provision of collaborative learning opportunities between pharmacy and allied health students.

Dr. Danielson lives with her family in Mill Creek, Washington.


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Dr. Skye A. McKennon, PharmD is a licensed pharmacist, board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS), group exercise instructor, certified lifestyle coach, and preventionist. Dr. McKennon completed her bachelor’s degree and doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree from Washington State University. She completed postdoctoral residency training at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington and received a teaching certificate from the University of Washington. Dr. McKennon has practice experience in the community, institutional, and ambulatory pharmacy settings. Her passion for teaching and education led her to faculty positions at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy, where she has received honors for teaching, mentorship, scholarship, and community service.

Dr. McKennon has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals (including the American Journal of Pharmacy Education and Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning) and co-authored five pharmacy textbooks. She has presented her work at international and national symposiums such as the Seventh International Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy annual meeting, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine annual meeting, and the Pharmacy Technicians Educators Council conference.

Courses designed and directed by Dr. McKennon include applied pharmacotherapeutics, institutional pharmacy practice, diabetes prevention, and evidence-based preventive health. She has been both an instructor and a guest lecturer for various courses for pharmacy and other health science students, including calculations, therapeutics, pharmacotherapy for older adults, global health brigades, and law and ethics.


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Dr. Sara Burda Alvarez, PharmD, MS, BCPS, is a licensed pharmacist and board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS). Dr. Alvarez received her doctor of pharmacy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and obtained her post-doctoral residency training from The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy from the University of Florida. Dr. Alvarez’s experience includes practicing in health system settings in critical care and pharmacy department management; in the managed care setting in clinical program development and pharmacoeconomic evaluations, and in the pharmaceutical industry in health economic outcomes research.

Dr. Alvarez has been adjunct faculty at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy since 2010. Her practice and research interests include health economics and outcomes research, diabetes, obesity, general medicine, leadership, as well as patient and medication safety.


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