American Pharmacist Association PharmacyLibrary

PharmacyLibrary is the best of pharmacy in one collection. PharmacyLibrary features APhA’s authoritative textbooks, PharmacotherapyFirst, an interactive NAPLEX® review, more than 250 Active Learning Exercises easily adaptable for a variety of educational settings, case studies, and information from a variety of news sources.

All of these resources are available on one comprehensive searchable platform that allows users to retrieve relevant information quickly.



APhA’s textbooks and review resources span the pharmacy curriculum.

  • Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, 19th and 18th Editions (Krinsky et al) –regularly updated, includes useful web links, instructor PowerPoint slide templates for each chapter, and image downloads
  • The APhA Complete Review for Pharmacy, 12th Edition (NAPLEX® Review) (Gourley & Eoff)
  • APhA’s Immunization Handbook, 3rd Edition (Angelo)
  • The Art, Science, and Technology of Pharmaceutical Compounding, 5th Edition (Allen)
  • Building Core Competencies in Pharmacy Informatics (Fox, Thrower, & Felkey) –includes PowerPoint sets for instructors
  • Communication Skills for Pharmacists, 3rd Edition (Berger)
  • Complete Math Review for Pharmacy, 3rd Edition (Hopkins)
  • Essentials of Cultural Competence in Pharmacy Practice (Halbur & Halbur) –includes instructor guide and PowerPoint lectures for each chapter
  • Getting Started as a Pharmacy Faculty Member (Zgarrick)
  • Getting Started as a Pharmacy Manager (Bradley-Baker)
  • Getting Started as a Pharmacy Preceptor (Doty)
  • Getting Started in a Pharmacy Residency (Miller)
  • Handbook of Basic Pharmacokinetics, 7th Edition (Ritschel & Kearns)
  • How to Conduct a Comprehensive Medication Review (Angelo & Cerulli)
  • How to Implement the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process (Burns, Griggs, Owen)
  • How to Start an MTM Practice: A Guidebook for Pharmacists (APhA)
  • Leadership and Advocacy for Pharmacy, 2nd Edition (Boyle, Beardsley, and Matzke)
  • Medication Errors, 2nd Edition (Cohen) –includes PowerPoint sets for instructors
  • Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Professionals (Berger & Villaume)
  • Nuclear Pharmacy Quick Reference (Cole, Shaw, and Kowalsky)
  • Peripheral Brain for the Pharmacist 2017-18 (APhA)
  • The Pharmacist in Public Health (Truong, Bresette, & Sellers)
  • Pharmacy Ethics: A Foundation for Professional Practice (Buerki, Vottero) –includes PowerPoints and instructor guide with course schedules, outcomes, case studies, and more
  • The Pharmacy Professional’s Guide to Résumés, CVs, & Interviewing, 4th Edition (Reinders) –includes sample resumes and CVs
  • Pharmacy Research: A How-To Guide for Students, Residents, and New Practitioners
  • Pharmacy: An Introduction to the Profession (Posey) –includes selected readings from contemporary literature covering current issues in pharmacy for today’s student
  • Principles of the Human Genome and Pharmacogenomics (Brazeau & Brazeau)
  • Spanish Conversation Guide Using the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process (Mueller, Sias, James)
  • Spanish for the Pharmacy Professional (Sias, James, & Martinez) –includes MP3 audio files of textbook lessons and an instructor guide with sample syllabus,
    classroom activities, and more
  • Understanding Drug Action: An Introduction to Pharmacology (Rice)
  • Understanding Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (MacKinnon)
  • Understanding Pharmacy Calculations, 2nd Edition (O'Sullivan and Albrecht)

PharmacotherapyFirst is an innovative, digital-only, peer-reviewed resource focused on disease state management and patient care.  It is founded on the proposition that learning therapeutics is more than about memorization and cramming for exams.  Designed to teach therapeutics to the modern learner, it incorporates concise evidence-based content, assessment tools, and instructor resources. The goal of PharmacotherapyFirst is to help learners—students and practitioners alike—learn and to help instructors help learners to learn.

Additional PharmacotherapyFirst features:

- Top 200 drugs and drug information pages

Case-based learning chapters for each disease state include:

- Mini cases with questions
- Cases following steps of the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process
- Detailed patient case with expert SOAP note and justification    for assessment and plan

Faculty Material for each disease state includes:

- Tips to modify patient case to use in class
- Bonus SOAP note
- Mapped to ACPE Standards 2016, International Educational Collaborative Core Competencies

In-text references to primary literature

All content is peer reviewed by subject matter experts

Case Studies

Realistic case studies help students prepare for entry into the pharmacy field.

1. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs  (Krinsky et al) provides 98 case studies throughout this primary text for self-care.

2. Diabetes Case Studies (Johnson et al) A unique educational resource and study guide that presents 12 real-world cases of patients with various diabetes situations and problems and incorporates an interprofessional perspective.

3. QuEST/SCHOLAR-MAC Case Studies (Krinsky et al) For the therapeutic chapters in the Handbook, 89 supplemental

4. QuEST/SCHOLAR-based cases provide the reader with examples of how to apply this patient assessment method for the respective conditions.

5. The University of Iowa Teaching Cases (Currie et al) comprises 100 real-life patient scenarios for use in the classroom. Includes answer key for instructors.

6. Physiology Case Studies in Pharmacy (McCorry) provides 82 brief, straightforward case studies that represent key body systems. Includes answer key for instructors.

7. Community Pharmacy Practice Case Studies (Goode et al) provides 83 case studies focused on community practice. Includes answer key for instructors.

Active Learning Exercises

The PharmacyLibrary Active Learning Exercises (Reist et al) is a collection of more than 250 practice skills activities categorized in 11 broad curricular content areas designed for use in a variety of teaching environments. Each exercise contains a detailed description and a complete set of modifiable resources designed for flexibility in implementing.  Using their instructor login, teaching faculty can access and download a variety of additional information for the exercises that includes answer keys, evaluation rubrics and student handouts.

All activities are mapped to the ACPE Appendix B and can be easily filtered by a variety of criteria, including time, suitability for IPPE or APPE rotations, or curricular content.  Specific exercises can also be found quickly using PharmacyLibrary’s semantic search technology.

NAPLEX® Review

The NAPLEX® Review, an interactive exam center, makes preparing for the NAPLEX® easy. Based upon the 11th Edition of The APhA Complete Review for Pharmacy, more than 3,000 questions along with powerful customization features allow users to focus on the topics they need to master and bypass what they already know.

Targeted study aids point users to textbook material to help them do better on their weaker subjects. Users can customize their exams and have access to detailed performance reporting.

News from APhA

To keep current with professional news and clinical updates, PharmacyLibrary offers users a feed of the most current news from:

1. – APhA’s news feed is constantly refreshed with the most relevant news for pharmacists.

2. APhA DrugInfoLine – a continuously updated digital service providing drug news information to APhA members. At, readers can access expert-vetted summaries of virtually any major clinical study or guideline published since 2000.

3. Pharmacy Today – APhA’s monthly patient-care services magazine. Pharmacy Today offers readers tools and information on issues affecting everyday practice, such as medication therapy management (MTM), provider status for pharmacists, compounding legislation, medication adherence, health literacy, and new drugs and indications.

References to Primary Literature

A Bibliography or Reference section exists at the end of each textbook chapter with links to the primary literature via PubMed. Open URL links can be enabled for institutions as well.

Additional Instructor Resources

Instructors have access to material that supplements the resources as follows:

1. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs—includes web links and PowerPoint slide templates for each chapter and image downloads

2. Medication Errors, 2nd Edition—includes PowerPoint slides

3. Pharmacy: An Introduction to the Profession —includes selected readings from contemporary literature

4. Active Learning Exercises—includes modifiable resources and instructor guides.

5. University of Iowa Teaching Cases—includes answer key for instructors

6. Community Pharmacy Practice Case Studies—includes an answer key for instructors

7. Physiology Case Studies in Pharmacy—includes an answer key for instructors

8. Spanish for the Pharmacy Professional—includes MP3 audio files of textbook lessons and an instructor guide with sample syllabus, classroom activities, and more

9. Building Core Competencies in Pharmacy Informatics—includes PowerPoint slides

10. Pharmacy Ethics—includes an instructor guide

11. Essentials of Cultural Competence in Pharmacy Practice—includes an instructor guide


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