Pharmacology for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians, 1st edition

  • Leland Norman Holland
  • Michael P. Adams
  • Jeanine Lynn Brice
  • Heather V. LeBlanc

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This book is for Pharmacology courses offered in Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Assisting programs in Canada.

Pharmacology is one of the most challenging subjects for those embarking on careers as pharmacy technicians. By its very nature, pharmacology is and interdisciplinary subject, borrowing concepts from a wide variety of natural and applied sciences, including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, psychology, psychology and sociology.


This text presents pharmacology from an interdisciplinary perspective. The text draws upon core concepts of anatomy, physiology, and pathology to make drug therapy understandable. It does not assume that the student comes to the course with a strong background in the natural or applied sciences. The prerequisite science knowledge necessary for understanding drug therapy is reviewed in each chapter that presents the core concepts in pharmacology.


Drug therapy differs between the United States and Canada and Canadian pharmacy technician instructors have needed to supplement American textbooks with their own materials. To address this need, the authors created this pharmacology textbook for the Canadian market. 

Table of contents

1: The Practice of Pharmacy

2: Drug Classification, Regulation, and Approval (NEW)

3: Drug Forms and Routes of Administration

4: Pharmacokinetics

5: Pharmacodynamics

6: Substance Use and Misuse

7: Using Drug References (NEW)

8: Drugs for Disorders Associated with the Autonomic Nervous System

9: Drugs for Anxiety, Daytime Sedation, and Insomnia

10: Drugs for Behavioural, Emotional and Mood Disorders

11: Drugs for Psychoses & Degenerative Diseases

12: Drugs for Seizures

13: Drugs for the Control of Pain and Fever

14: Drugs for Local and General Anaesthesia

15: Drugs for Coagulation Disorders

16 Drugs for Hypertension

17: Drugs for Heart Failure

18: Drugs for Dysrhythmias

19: Drugs for Chest Pain, MI and Stroke

20: Drugs for Lipid Disorders

21: Drugs for Shock and Anaphylaxis

22: Drugs for Kidney, Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders

23: Drugs for Bacterial Infections

24: Drugs for Fungal, Viral, and Parasitic Diseases

25: Drugs for Neoplasia

26: Drugs for Respiratory Disorders

27: Drugs for Immune System Modulation

28: Drugs for Eye and Ear Disorders

29: Drugs for Gastrointestinal Disorders

30: Vitamins, Minerals and Nutritional Supplements

31: Drugs for Muscle Spasm and Bone Disorders

32: Drugs for Skin Disorders

33: Drugs for Endocrine Disorders

34: Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Reproductive  Systems

Published by Pearson Canada (August 1st 2016) - Copyright © 2017