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  • 1. 
    Which route of medication administration is used to inject drugs into the top skin layers?
    • A. 

      Subcutaneous

    • B. 

      Hypodermic

    • C. 

      Intradermal

    • D. 

      Intra-arterial

  • 2. 
    A connection between two or more computer systems that allows the transfer of data is:
    • A. 

      An interface

    • B. 

      A terminal

    • C. 

      A bar code

    • D. 

      A window

  • 3. 
    Certification is:
    • A. 

      The process of granting recognition or vouching for conformance with a standard

    • B. 

      The process by which a nongovernmental agency or association grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that agency or association

    • C. 

      The general peocess of formally recognizing professional or technicial competence

    • D. 

      The process of making a list or being enrolled on an existing list

  • 4. 
    An ongoing systematic process for monitoring, evaluating, and improving the quility of pharmacy service is:
    • A. 

      Peer review.

    • B. 

      Quality assurance

    • C. 

      Process validation

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 5. 
    Sterile products should be prepared at least ______ inches inside the laminar airflow hood,
    • A. 

      6

    • B. 

      10

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      3

  • 6. 
    The main concern of pharmacy practice today is:
    • A. 

      Provision of optimal drug therapy for all patients.

    • B. 

      Preparation and compounding of medications for patients

    • C. 

      Bulk preparation and distribution of drug products

    • D. 

      Safe ordering, procurement, and storage od medications

  • 7. 
    A policy an procedures manual may provide guidance in each of the following areas except:
    • A. 

      Personnel orientation, training, and evaluation

    • B. 

      Correct aseptic(sterile) technique.

    • C. 

      Activities of technicians outside the workplace.

    • D. 

      Position or job description

  • 8. 
    All of the following are requirements for a prescription label except:
    • A. 

      Name and address of the pharmacy

    • B. 

      Name of the prescriber

    • C. 

      Serial number of the prescription

    • D. 

      Telephone number of the patient

  • 9. 
    A prescription can usually be refilled:
    • A. 

      Only once

    • B. 

      As many times as the pharmacist deems necessary

    • C. 

      As many times as the prescriber indicates on the prescription within a specified time period.

    • D. 

      Only at the location where itwas originally filled

  • 10. 
    Which of the following best describes controlled substances in schedule I?
    • A. 

      Drugs with no accepted medical use in the United States.

    • B. 

      Drugs with a low to moderate potiental for physical dependence.

    • C. 

      Drugs that are available without a prescription

    • D. 

      Drugs with no potiental for abuse.

  • 11. 
    A 500ml quantity of D10W contains how many grams of dextrose?
    • A. 

      100gm

    • B. 

      10gm

    • C. 

      50gm

    • D. 

      20gm

  • 12. 
    What is the seventh digit of the following DEA number AB369145_?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      8

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      0

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Prescription drugs may be exempt if the prescriber or consumer requests noncompliant packaging

    • B. 

      Household cleaners must be packaged in childproof containers

    • C. 

      A limited number of prescription drugs are exempt (such as sublingual nitroglycerin)

    • D. 

      The special packaging requirements are extended to nonprescription drugs

  • 14. 
    Sublingual tablets are:
    • A. 

      Placed under the tongue

    • B. 

      Dissolved in a liquid and release bubbles

    • C. 

      Placed inside a cheek

    • D. 

      Chewed before swallowing

  • 15. 
    Which of the following terms refers to the acidic or basic nature ofa solution?
    • A. 

      Osmolarity

    • B. 

      Osmolality

    • C. 

      Isotonicity

    • D. 

      PH

  • 16. 
    The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA 1990) requires pharmacists to perform the following functions for patients receiving Medicaid:
    • A. 

      Drug therapy review

    • B. 

      Counseling

    • C. 

      Financial consultation

    • D. 

      Both a and b

  • 17. 
    A patient presents a prescription for hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ). Other items related to his prescription that he might purchase include all of the following except:
    • A. 

      Home blood pressure monitoring device

    • B. 

      Potassium-containing salt substitute

    • C. 

      Pseudoephedrine-containing decongestant

    • D. 

      Sunscreen

  • 18. 
    Which statement concerning Synthroid is correct?
    • A. 

      The generic name is levothyroxine

    • B. 

      The usual dose is 50-100g/day

    • C. 

      It is usually given three times a day

    • D. 

      It is used to treat diabetes

  • 19. 
    Nonprescription drugs are also known as:
    • A. 

      Legend drugs

    • B. 

      New drugs

    • C. 

      Over-the-counter drugs

    • D. 

      Investigational drugs

  • 20. 
    All of the following are true concerning patient participation in an investigational drug study except:
    • A. 

      The patient must sign an informed consent

    • B. 

      Participation is voluntary

    • C. 

      The patient may withdraw from the study at any time

    • D. 

      The patient must be paid

  • 21. 
    You receive a prescription for Ceclor Suspension 125mg/5ml, 1.5 tsp tid x10 days. The appropriate quantity to dispense would be:
    • A. 

      125ml

    • B. 

      150ml with one refill

    • C. 

      200ml

    • D. 

      225ml

  • 22. 
    • A. 

      File the prescription as a schedule III controlled substance.

    • B. 

      Affix an auxiliary label cautioning against tasks requiring alertness or driving

    • C. 

      Verify the patient is not allergic to Tylenol or codeine

    • D. 

      Inform the patient that this medication is a potent anti-inflammatory agent

  • 23. 
    When a prescription is received for Cortisporin drops, use as directed, the technician should:
    • A. 

      Have the pharmacist ascertain wheather an opthalmic or otic product is to be dispensed

    • B. 

      Tell the patient to take the prescription back to the physician for correction

    • C. 

      Affix a "for the eye" auxiliary label

    • D. 

      Wash hands before dispensing so the drops will remain sterile

  • 24. 
    Which of the following drug pairs is most likely to be associated with a medication error?
    • A. 

      Digoxin and captopril

    • B. 

      Prednisone and dexamethasone

    • C. 

      Quinidine and quinine

    • D. 

      Fluoxetine and fluorouracil

  • 25. 
    For a hospital order for ceftriaxone 1gm qd IV piggyback, the technician all the following except:
    • A. 

      Prepare the dose in the laminar airflow hood using sterile technique

    • B. 

      Inform the pharmacist the patient has a penicillin allergy recorded

    • C. 

      Convert the dosage from grams to grains so the nurse will know how much to give

    • D. 

      Confirm that she has the right drug- many other drugs sound similar

  • 26. 
    Which of the following terms may be used to describe a prepackaged unit?
    • A. 

      Unit dose

    • B. 

      Closed system

    • C. 

      Blister pack

    • D. 

      Both a and c

  • 27. 
    All of the following are true about cimetidine except:
    • A. 

      An over-the-counter preparation is available

    • B. 

      It reduces the acidity of the stomach

    • C. 

      Using samples of this product is a good way to save money in the hospital

    • D. 

      It interacts with many other drugs

  • 28. 
    The computer insurance error message "patient not found" or "invalid ID number" indicates that:
    • A. 

      The customer is not a legitimate patient

    • B. 

      The patient does not appear to be enrolled in the insurance program; check for errors such as misspelling of the patients name

    • C. 

      The patient does not have any condition that requires treatment

    • D. 

      The patient cannot find his prescription

  • 29. 
    As a technician, you are asked to prepare an IV solution with insulin. Which of the followng statements is true?
    • A. 

      You should only use regular insulin, The other insulins cannot be given IV

    • B. 

      You do not need to bother making the IV in the laminar airflow hood, because insulin is an antibiotic

    • C. 

      Because the dose is in units, you cannot measure the volume in millimeters

    • D. 

      You must sign out the dose on the narcotic log

  • 30. 
    The portion of prescription costs that the patient must pay in a given time period before a third party insurer will begin paying is the:
    • A. 

      Fee-for-service

    • B. 

      Co-payment

    • C. 

      Deductable

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 31. 
    • A. 

      Ensure the patients allergies are recorded in the computer

    • B. 

      Affix an expiration date to the label after preparing the suspension

    • C. 

      Affix an auxiliary lablel stating "shake well before using"

    • D. 

      Prepare the medication in the laminar airflow hood

  • 32. 
    A resource that may be used to determine if a parenteral medication must be filtered is:
    • A. 

      The package insert

    • B. 

      The "Handbookon Injectable Drugs"

    • C. 

      The manufacturer

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 33. 
    The offer to counsel under OBRA 90 may be made:
    • A. 

      In writing

    • B. 

      Orally

    • C. 

      By a technician

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 34. 
    When filling an inpatient's medication drawer, the technician notices thatthe fill list contains both enalapril and lisinopril. The technician should:
    • A. 

      Fill only one drug; they are both the same kind of drug

    • B. 

      Notify the pharmacist that the patient has orders for two drugs of the same class

    • C. 

      Call the doctor to see which drug to use

    • D. 

      Tell the nursethat there is a dangerous drug interaction between these drugs

  • 35. 
    If you believe that someone has presented a fraudulent prescription at your pharmacy, the appropriate action would be to:
    • A. 

      Call 911 immediately

    • B. 

      Call the physician whose name appears on the prescription

    • C. 

      Discreetly notify the pharmacist so that the appropriate action may be taken.

    • D. 

      Ask the customer how he got the prescription

  • 36. 
    You receive an order for etoposide. In preparing this drug, you should:
    • A. 

      Wear gloves only if you are allergic to etopside

    • B. 

      Flush the extra contents of the vial down the sink drain

    • C. 

      Prepare in a biological safety cabinet. (BSC)

    • D. 

      Not add any extra labels-they are too confusing for the nurse

  • 37. 
    While a mother is waiting for an antibiotic preparation for her 6 year old,she asks the technician what to give the child for fever, the technician should:
    • A. 

      Suggest aspirin; it's the least expensive antipyretic

    • B. 

      Inform the pharmacist that the mother would like help choosing a nonprescription product.

    • C. 

      Offer to sell the mother some drug samples

    • D. 

      Suggest over-the-counter diphenhydramine

  • 38. 
    You receive the following prescription: Vanceril (beclomethasone) inhaler; dispense #1; sig: ii puffs inhaled bid. In filling the prescription you should:
    • A. 

      Inform the patient that this drug is a corticosteroid that has many serious side effects.

    • B. 

      Include the following specific directions on the label: "Inhale 2 puffs into each nostril three times a day"

    • C. 

      Provide the patient with the "for the patient" instructions included with the inhaler

    • D. 

      Tell the patient to use this inhaler only when she really needs it

  • 39. 
    When accepting a prescription for warfarin from a patient, the technician should:
    • A. 

      Notify the pharmacist if the patient is also buying aspirin; there is an interaction between these medications

    • B. 

      Give the lower dose just to be safe if the strength is unclear(10mg versus 1.0mg)

    • C. 

      Tell the patient to take an iron supplement because this drug thins the blood

    • D. 

      Tell the patient to eat foods high in vitamin K

  • 40. 
    • A. 

      Can I take this drug with my blood pressure medicine?

    • B. 

      I keep using this spray, but my nose seems to get stuffier. Should I use it more often?

    • C. 

      Is a less expensive generic of the same nose spray available?

    • D. 

      I've had this cold for four weeks. Do you think I should see a doctor?

  • 41. 
    The pharmacist asks you to prepare the following prescription: Amoxicillin suspension 5ml po tid x 10 days. You notice that the prescriber did not indicate the concentration of the suspension on the prescription. You should:
    • A. 

      Dispense the capsules instead

    • B. 

      Alert the pharmacist to the problem

    • C. 

      Ask the patient which concentration he prefers

    • D. 

      Prepare the prescription with a 250mg/5ml concentration, because it is the most frequently ordered

  • 42. 
    Which of the following could contribute to a medication error?
    • A. 

      Failure to rotate stock appropriately

    • B. 

      Preparing one prescription at a time

    • C. 

      Reading the drug product label carefully

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 43. 
    The risk of a decimal point error is reduced by writing "seven milligrams" as:
    • A. 

      0.7gm

    • B. 

      7mg

    • C. 

      7.0mg

    • D. 

      0.70g

  • 44. 
    Pharmaceutical compounding may involve which of the following ingredients?
    • A. 

      Aquaphor

    • B. 

      Simple syrup

    • C. 

      Coal tar

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 45. 
    • A. 

      Tell the patient to cut the tablets in half and take one-half tablet daily

    • B. 

      Ask the patient to bring the prescription back to the pharmacy so that you can secretly exchange it for the correct dose

    • C. 

      Explain the situation to the pharmacist, correct the error and document the error per procedures

    • D. 

      Prepare a new prescription with the 0.125mg strength and inform the patient that the pharmacists are solely responsible fro the accuracy of prescriptions

  • 46. 
    Position or job descriptions:
    • A. 

      Are the same for technicians from hospital to hospital

    • B. 

      Are written descriptions outlining employee responsibilities

    • C. 

      Are the same for pharmacists and technicians

    • D. 

      Apply only to upper-level hospital managers