APRN and PA's Complete Guide to Prescribing Drug Therapy, The

APRN and PA's Complete Guide to Prescribing Drug Therapy, The
2020th Ed.
2019 © Springer Publishing Company, LLC.
Mari J. Wirfs, PhD, MN, APRN, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CNE
ISBN-10: 0-8261-7933-9 / ISBN-13: 978-0-8261-7933-3
eISBN-10: 0-8261-7934-7 / eISBN-13: 978-0-8261-7934-0
Nursing, Pharmacy/Pharmacology


Includes more than 30 new diagnoses!

Updated to deliver the most current standards, this is a unique prescribing reference for APRN students and advanced health care providers in all practice settings who need guidance on prescribing drugs for patients with acute, episodic, and chronic health problems. Concise, easy to read, and updated throughout, the resource delivers pharmacotherapy regimens for more than 600 diagnoses—including over 30 that are new. The print format includes an eBook with digital updates to assure immediate access to essential information.

Listed alphabetically by diagnosis, pharmacotherapy regimens include, for each diagnosis, drug choices listed by generic name, FDA pregnancy category, generic/over-the-counter availability, adult/pediatric dosing regimens, brand names, forms of dosage, and additives. Clinically useful information such as laboratory values to be monitored, patient teaching points, and safety information is interspersed throughout each diagnosis. Additional quick-access features include information presented in convenient table format and an alphabetical cross-reference index of drugs by generic and brand name, with FDA pregnancy category and controlled drug schedule (I, II, III, IV, V).

Key Features:

  • • Includes 31 new diagnoses totaling over 600 organized alphabetically
  • • Serves as a quick-access prescribing reference for APRN and PA students and health care providers in all primary care settings
  • • Presents drug information in condensed and summary form for ease of use
  • • Within each diagnosis, drug choices are listed alphabetically by generic /trade name, FDA pregnancy category, adult/pediatric dosing, dose forms, and additives
  • • Delivers guidance on lab values to be monitored, patient education points, and safety information
  • • Includes 30 Appendices with ready access to key drug classifications, FDA Pregnancy Categories, US Schedule of Controlled Substances, Immunization Schedules, Contraceptive Guidance, categories Anti-Infectives, and more!
  • • Offers brand/generic cross-reference

Doody's Reviews

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Score: 81/100
3/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 2.8 Nursing - Advanced Practice
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"I like this book and may use it myself when searching for a specific diagnosis and how to treat it with medication. I have seen no other drug handbook by diagnosis that also includes dosages. I especially like the tables, such as for birth control pills, that make it possible to compare two or more ingredients. Updates of guides like these probably need to be done every three to four years."

-- Carol Agana, MNSc, RNP, APRN (University of Arkansas) Doody's Review

"I don't know of a comparable reference in handbook format. This is an excellent tool for providers to look up dosages for a particular medication and, if they do not know which medication to use for a particular condition, they can use it to find several options."

-- Carol Agana, MNSc, RNP, APRN (University of Arkansas)Doody's Review - previous edition


Written for APRNs, but the book could be used by anyone writing prescriptions (PAs, PharmDs, clinical specialists, etc.)

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