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ASHP Publishes New Pharmacology Resource for Pharmacy Technicians

Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians


Bethesda, Md— A new pharmacology text designed for pharmacy technicians has been published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Using language and organization aimed directly at pharmacy technicians, Understanding Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians, by Mary Ann Stuhan, Pharm.D.,offers more than 700 pages of practical applications, safety issues and error prevention, and illustrative cases that not only explain “how” but “why.”

Throughout the book, anatomy and physiology are discussed in relation to various disorders and associated pharmacotherapies to give the pharmacy technicians a context for how drugs work. Students using this book will learn the therapeutic effects, as well as adverse effects, of commonly used prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and alternative therapies.
An emphasis is placed on practical applications for the technician. What types of issues will technicians encounter at work? What is their role in patient education? How do they work with the pharmacist? 
Key Features throughout the book include:
  • Cases to open each chapter, along with questions for discussion;
  • Pronunciations for difficult terms or words such as disease names;
  • Figures and illustrations; 
  • Alerts thatpoint out areas of potential dangers or errors, including look-alike/sound-alike drugs;
  • Practice points, including mention of any FDA-required patient medication guides, and any “special” drug storage and dispensing considerations, including beyond-use dating of open multi-use products;
  • Commonly used and comprehensive drug tables; and
  • Chapter review questions.

The book’s content is written to meet ASHP accreditation standards and, therefore, is one of the most comprehensive books on the market related to pharmacology for technicians. For additional resources related to the book, visit

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About the Author

Mary Ann Stuhan, Pharm.D.

Mary Ann Stuhan, Pharm.D., has been pharmacy program manager at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio since 2002, where she directs an ASHP-accredited technician training program and advises pre-pharmacy students. She received her B.S. in Pharmacy at Duquesne University, and her Pharm.D. at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Stuhan began her pharmacy career as a technician, and has practiced professionally in a variety of settings, including retail, government, behavioral health, and a teaching hospital.

Dr. Stuhan is past president of the PTCB Certification Council and has held office on the executive board of the Pharmacy Technician Educators Council, which honored her with their Pharmacy Technician Educator of the Year Award in 2007. She is also an active member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Cleveland Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Ohio Society of Health-System Pharamacists, and Ohio Pharmacists Association.

About ASHP

ASHP is the national professional organization whose 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website, , or its consumer website, .




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