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Pharmacy Technician



The Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR)

The Physicians' Desk Referenceis  provides healthcare professionals multichannel access to important drug information: the PDR®, the most recognized drug information reference available in the U.S



Info includes prescription & nonprescription drugs, herbal medicines & supplements. Also covers diseases and conditions, surgery, treatment options, & clinical trials.


Pharmacy Times

Pharmacy Times® is the #1 full-service pharmacy media resource in the industry. Founded in 1897, Pharmacy Times® reaches a network of over 1.3 million retail pharmacists. Through our print, digital and live events channels, Pharmacy Times® provides clinically based, practical and timely information for the practicing pharmacist. Features and specialized departments cover medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law and health-system pharmacy. 


Epocrates - MedSearch

Access clinical information on thousands of prescription, over-the-counter and herbal drugs, along with hundreds of disease and conditions for any website.


FDA - Orange Book of Approved Drug Products

Updated daily information about approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations, this publication provides timely consumer information on generic drugs.


NLM - MedlinePlus

Information covers prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements & herbal remedies. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions & drug interactions.


WHO - Model List of Essential Medicines

Guide for the development of national and institutional essential medicine lists.



Access a comprehensive, up-to-date, resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts. Provided by The National Library of Medicine (NLM).


Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)

A database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Covers possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.



Resource for rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images.


ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center

Find information and resources on drug product shortages and management.


Drug Names: Generic and Trade

Merck Manual offers a table which lists the generic and trade name of US drugs.


AIDSinfo Drug Database

A service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offerring access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information.


CenterWatch/Clinical Trials Listing Service

Industry resource listing newly approved drugs, drugs in current clinical research, weekly trial results, as well as a link to the PDR Family Medical Guide for Prescription Drugs.


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Oversees the regulation of pharmaceutical & food products as well as medical devices. Topics include: taking medications safely, saving money on prescriptions, buying drugs safely online, drug recalls, product safety, & post-market drug safety information.


Longwood Herbal Task Force

LHTF provides info about herbal medicine, herbs, dietary supplements, & vitamins for both consumers and professionals. Also includes information about interactions & toxicity.


NLM Drug Information Portal

A comprehensive database of prescription and non-prescription drugs, including vitamins and supplements. Users may search by generic or brand name and obtain information from the NLM databases, the FDA, the DEA, and other government sources.


Needy Meds

This is non-profit information resource that helps people in need find assistance programs or coupons to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care.


RxList-The Internet Drug Index

This site has information about prescription and non-prescription drugs, herbs, and supplements, searchable by generic and brand name. It also has a useful pill identifier tool.


Drug Information for Health Professionals

Selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other government agencies. Find links to Medicare prescription plans, info on buying medicines online, clinical trials, specialized PubMed searches, prescription drug abuse, drug advertising & labeling.


Dietary Supplements Labels Database

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) & National Library of Medicine (NLM), list label contents of dietary supplements marketed in the U.S.




Pharmacy Law and Regulation


Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

HIPAA establishes national standards for electronic health-care transactions. Helps healthcare professionals stay current with HIPAA through extensive documentation, resources and expert commentary.


Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new "Patient's Bill of Rights" gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.


The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, provides information on getting licensing in the pharmacy industry


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)


Illinois Board of Pharmacy



Pharmacy Study Aids and Certification Information


National Pharmacy Technician Association

NPTA, the National Pharmacy Technician Association, is the world's largest professional organization established specifically for pharmacy technicians. The association is dedicated to advancing the value of pharmacy technicians and the vital roles they play in pharmaceutical care. 

Pharmacy Math to study for the PTCB or ExCPT

Pharmacy Math to study and prepare for the pharmacy tech test. Including: Alligations, Conversions, IV calculations, temperature conversions and much more.


Rx / Pharmacy Prescription Drug Order Interpretation

Prescription decoding tutorial. Interpreting abbreviations and other prescription order info to study and prepare for the pharmacy tech exam.


Prescription Abbreviations used in Pharmacy

List of the most commonly used sig code abbreviations in Pharmacy / prescriptions. Including link to roman numerals tutorial.


Dosage Forms / Routes of Administration

Drug dosage forms and descriptions. Basics about various medication routes of administration. Includes enteral, parenteral, transdermal, inhalation and more.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Pharmacy Technician Certification information 


Free Practice On-Line Tests for Pharmacy Technicians






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