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The following sample questions are illustrative of those found in the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

1. A prescription order for an antibiotic preparation includes the directions, "ii gtt AU q.i.d." What auxiliary label should be affixed to the prescription order container?

  • 1. Take With Meals.
    2. For the Eye.
    3. For Rectal Use.
    4. For the Ear.

2. To dispense an order calling for: prednisone 5 mg, one t.i.d. X 3 days; one b.i.d. X 3 days; one q.d. X 3 days, the total medication needed is:

  • 1. 15 tablets.
    2. 18 tablets.
    3. 21 tablets.
    4. 24 tablets.

3. An example of a major drug-drug interaction would be:

  • 1. warfarin-aspirin.
    2. digoxin-diltiazem.
    3. penicillin-cephalexin.
    4. hydrocodone-codeine.

4. A physician orders 125 mg/5 mL Dilantin suspension to replace an order reading, "Dilantin 100 mg, Dispense: #30, Sig: i t.i.d." What quantity of suspension should be dispensed?

  • 1. 100 mL
    2. 120 mL
    3. 300 mL
    4. 360 mL

5. Heparin 25,000 U in 250 mL D5W is running through an administration set delivering 60 drops/mL. The flow rate required to deliver a heparin dose of 15 U/min is:

  • 1. 0.9 drops/min
    2. 54.0 drops/min
    3. 9.0 drops/min
    4. 90.0 drops/min

6. A common name for an inventory process that relies on pharmacy staff to write down items to be reordered is:

  • 1. a formulary system.
    2. a want list.
    3. bar-coding.
    4. bulk storage.

7. Hospitals or managed health-care organizations list drugs that have been approved for use on the basis of therapeutic and economic considerations. What is the common name of such a list of drugs?

  • 1. Therapeutic compendium.
    2. Controlled drug compendium.
    3. Investigational drug list.
    4. Formulary.

8. The appearance of crystals in mannitol injection would indicate that the product:

  • 1. was exposed to excessive cold.
    2. has settled during shipping.
    3. contains impurities and should be returned.
    4. was formulated using sterile saline.

9. A device that detects the signals and controls the flow of information between two computers communicating via a telephone line is the:

  • 1. monitor.
    2. modem.
    3. optical scanner.
    4. archive.

10. Upon receipt of a phone call regarding accidental poison ingestion, the pharmacy technician may do all of the following except:

  • 1. recommend contacting the emergency room.
    2. ask the pharmacist to handle the call.
    3. recommend contacting the regional/local poison control center.
    4. recommend induction of vomiting.


  • Answers:
  • Question
    Number
    Answer
    1. 4
    2. 2
    3. 1
    4. 2
    5. 3
    6. 2
    7. 4
    8. 1
    9. 2
    10. 4

  • Taken from the PTCB Candidate Handbook
 

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