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Pharmacy Technician Program


Pharmacy Technician Program


Health Canada Population and Public Health Branch

This web site provides extensive information about child/adult/senior health related topics  


Ontario College of Pharmacists


Pharmacy-Related Links

(from the Ontario College of Pharmacists)

List of Other Provincial Pharmacy Regulators



Health Profession Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Pharmacy

Drug Information And Research Centre (DIRC)

Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) 

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario Statutes and Regulations

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre's Drug Information Site

London Health Sciences Centre - Drug Information Service (LonDIS)

The Ottawa Valley Regional Drug Information Service



Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs - CCAPP

Institute for Safe Medical Practices - ISMP Canada

National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA)

Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)

Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS)

Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)

Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC)

Canadian Mental Health Network



Health Canada

Health Protection Branch

Laboratory Centre for Disease Control

Therapeutic Products Programme 

Health Promotion and Programs Branch


Other Provinces

Alberta College of Pharmacists

Alberta Pharmacists' Association

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia

Ordre des pharmciens du Quebec


United States

Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP)

US Food and Drug Administration Home Page

The PharmWeb's Home Page


  1. WHMIS: What You Need to Know
    This web site provides basic but detailed information about WHMIS    


  1. Physician Desk Reference
    An excellent site for information about drugs/disease/health and well-being




General links applying to the majority of chapters in Author: Book Title, Edition Edition, are located beneath this brief table of contents.

Section 1: General Pharmacy

1.     History of Medicine and Pharmacy

2.     Law and Ethics of Pharmacy

3.     Pharmacy Settings for Technicians

4.     Conversions and Calculations Used by Pharmacy Technicians

5.     Dosage Forms, Abbreviations, and Routes of Administration

6.     Referencing

7.     Competency, Communication, and Ethics

8.     Prescription Processing

9.     Over-the-Counter Medications and Skin Care Products

10. Complementary Alternative Medicine

11. Hospital Pharmacy

12. Repackaging and Compounding

13. Aseptic Technique

14. Pharmacy Stock and Billing

15. Psychopharmacology


Section 2: Body Systems

16. Endocrine System

17. Nervous System

18. Respiratory System

19. Visual and Auditory Systems

20. Gastrointestinal System

21. Urinary System

22. Cardiovascular System

23. Reproductive System


Section 3: Classifications of Drugs

24. Antiinfectives

25. Antiinflammatories and Antihistamines

26. Vitamins and Minerals

27. Vaccines

28. Oncology Agents


Section 4: Basic Sciences for Pharmacy Technician

29. Microbiology

30. Chemistry


Section 5: Starting Your Career as a Pharmacy Technician

31. Pharmacy Organizations and the Future of Pharmacy Technicians


General Resources


Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (Electronic Orange Book) Available complete online from the U.S. FDA.

Drug InfoNet Provides links to and information about drug package inserts, disease information, drug and disease FAQs, an Ask the Doctor feature, health care news, and pharmaceutical manufacturer addresses.

Drugs@FDA A searchable Catalog of FDA Approved Drug Products. Includes prescription, over-the-counter, and discontinued drugs, and links to drug approval letters, labels, and review packages.



Acronym Dictionary Terms related to health services and administration.

Acronym Finder: Look up 180,000+ acronyms/abbreviations & their meanings; ©1988-2004, Mountain Data Systems, All Rights Reserved.

Acronym & Abbreviation List From the Future Nurses web site.

Acronyms and Initialisms for Health Information Resources "Acronyms for global information and data resources in health, medical, and veterinary sciences. Linked acronyms point to selected related Web sites. The acronyms and their expansions appear in the languages of origin". Site is available in French and English; by Marie-Lise Shams.

Acronyms Used at the NIH From the NIH Fellows Handbook.

Glossary of Terms and Symbols Used in Pharmacology Copyright by Trustees of Boston University. All rights reserved. Edward W. Pelikan, M.D., Professor Emeritus and Former Chairman of Pharmacology, Boston University School of Medicine.

Medline Plus: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary.

MedTerms Medical Dictionary From MedicineNet.

On-line Medical Dictionary From CancerWeb, UK.

OneLook® Dictionaries

Medi- Lexicon (formerly Pharma-Lexicon) Dictionary of medical, pharmaceutical, biomedical and healthcare acronyms and abbreviations.

FedWorld A gateway to U.S. Government information from the Department of Commerce. The official web site for searching the U.S. Government. Available in multiple languages.

Hardin Meta-Directory for Pharmacology and Prescription Drug Information & Pharmacy; a directory to web resources from the University of Iowa.

Health Canada

Healthy People 2010 web site and Healthy People 2010 2nd edition Table of Contents to full text online.

Information for Health Professionals One stop gateway for health professionals to the extensive resources of the Food and Drug Administration. Includes items on clinical practice, conflict of interest in drug research, recent warnings and safety issues, and more. Excellent starting point when seeking FDA information.

Data2010 "an interactive database system developed by staff of the division of Health Promotion Statistics of the National Center for Health Statistics, and contains the most recent monitoring data for Tracking Healthy People 2010."

Healthy People 2000

Ingenta A commercial article database indexing over 17,000 journal titles, including pharmacology, pharmacy, nursing, and biochemistry titles not found in MEDLINE.

MedicineNet Gives treatment updates on conditions such as heart attacks and health facts about conditions such as bladder incontinence. Contains a searchable drug database which covers topics including drug class and mechanism, dosing information, interactions, and side effects. Also includes a searchable medical dictionary which contains information on hundreds of terms, conditions, diseases, and injuries.

Medline Plus An online database designed to provide information to health consumers on a wide range of topics from the National Library of Medicine; includes links to dictionaries, clearinghouses, publications, organizations and traditional bibliographic database tools. Includes Medline Plus Drug Information which provides a selection of information on specific drugs from an alphabetical index. "Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications is provided through two drug resources -- MedMaster™, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the USP DI® Advice for the Patient®, a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)."

Medscape and Medscape Pharmacotherapy Extensive and authoritative sites with information on many specialties; access is free, but registration is required.

MedWatch: The FDA Medical Products Reporting Program Includes sections on Safety Information and Continuing Education Articles & Other Publications.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 17th edition; full text online. Includes chapters on Clinical Pharmacology (Chapter 22) and Poisoning (Chapter 23) and much more.

Mosby's Drug Consult Background and order information.

National Guideline Clearinghouse Includes a section on Chemicals and Drugs. Includes a searchable database for drug monographs and much more.

Pharmacy Center Part of Martindale's Health Science Guide, the Virtual Pharmacy Center provides links to and information about new drug databases, approvals and pending approvals, drug infusion rates, drug R&D, major drug databases of both prescription and OTC drugs, and drug-specific databases for major functional classes.

Pharmacy Technician Continuing Education Features an extensive and varied collection of open access ce resources. Credit requires payment of a fee. Topics include legal issues, treatment of specific disorders, customer service issues, error reporting and more.

Pharmacy Technician Manual Prepared by the Nebraska Pharmacists Association. Includes sections on nomenclature, equipment, scope of practice, and more.

PharmWeb For patients and health professionals.

Rinfocan An extensive site on "Prescription Drug Information for Canadians"; includes a section on commonly used medicinal herbs and an "ask the pharmacist" feature.

RxList - The Internet Drug Index An extensive site that allows searches by drug name (generic or brand names), and provides full descriptive monographs that include adverse effects, dosage and administration, precautions, and much more. This site also includes The Top 200 U.S. Prescriptions (ranked or alphabetically, for 2003, and for the years from 1995 to 2002) and patient education materials, and information on alternative herbal remedies. An extensive site that permits searching by brand of generic name; designed for consumer use, from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Technicians site from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Extensive site covering aspects of practice and continuing education. From the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE).

University of Iowa Family Practice Handbook, 4th Edition. A Mosby Handbook. Mark A. Graber, M.D. Associate Professor Departments of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine Matthew L. Lanternier, MD Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Family Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine. Iowa City, Iowa. All contents copyright © 1992-2004 the Author(s) and The University of Iowa. All rights reserved.

Virtual Library - Pharmacy The Pharmacy Page of the Virtual Library includes an extensive list of links to web sites for pharmacy schools, community pharmacy pages, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, associations, journals and books, government sites, jobs and pharmacy, online databases, pharmacy listservs, conferences, and news groups.

WebMDHealth A comprehensive health promotion resource including interactive tools such as personal health assessment; tests and quizzes; step-by-step guide to breast self-examination; customized food pyramids; tools for quitting smoking; and sleep, body mass, and calorie calculators. Provides daily briefings, local health directory, conditions index with information on hundreds of disorders, an Ask the Expert feature, and a searchable drug database which covers thousands of medications. One stop access through "a portal to the Web sites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal departments and agencies". Includes a special fast link to Steps to a HealthierUS Initiative, and 2004 National Health Observances.


Demographic and Statistical Resources



Applied Research and Analysis Directorate at Health Canada.

Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource (CEDR) From the Department of Energy.

Health United States From the National Center for Health Statistics.

State & County QuickFacts "Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography" for each state in the U.S. Click on map areas for data related to those sites.

State Rankings Excerpted from Statistical Abstract.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Statistics Canada A very comprehensive site, not limited to health care.

U.S. Census Bureau

White House Social Statistics Briefing Room (SSBR)

World Health Organization and World Health Report from WHOSIS, the WHO Statistical Information System.





American Family Physician Open access to full text articles online.

American Journal of PharmacoGenomics From Adis International Limited A Wolters Kluwer Company; general information only.

Australian Prescriber

Canada Communicable Disease Report

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Full-text articles are available starting with 1999, with tables of contents and abstracts from 1997 to the present. Access to abstracts is complimentary. Access to full-text articles is via paid subscription or pay-per-article.

Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR) and Disease Outbreak News From the World Health Organization. Includes information on disease outbreaks and biosafety.

The Consultant Pharmacist A publication of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. "Issues previous to May, 2000 are in HTML format, and are publicly available."

Drug Store News An extensive commercial site.

Drug Topics "The Online News Magazine for Pharmacists"; a commercial site.

Essential Drugs Monitor World Health Organization, and other EDM Periodicals and Newsletters.

European Neuropsychopharmacology The Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Federal Register Online via GPO Access.

FDA Consumer The magazine of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; articles from 1995 forward are available in html format online, and some older items are also available.

FDC Reports Contains information from various FDC newsletters, offering the most current news, research, and FDA standings on pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; includes the Pink Sheet (prescription pharmaceuticals and biotechnology), Gold Sheet (quality control reports), Tan Sheet (nonprescription pharmaceuticals and nutritionals), Gray Sheet (medical devices, diagnostics, and instrumentation), Silver Sheet (design, compliance and quality control issues affecting the medical device and diagnostics industries), Blue Sheet (health policy and biomedical research), Rose Sheet (toiletries, fragrances, and skincare) and Green Sheet (weekly pharmacy reports).

Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences An online open access electronic journal from the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS).

The Medical Letter Full access requires subscription.

MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Available full text online, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report -- CDC Surveillance Summaries Available full text online, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Patient Care for the Nurse Practitioner Requires registration, which is free.

Pediatric Pharmacotherapy A monthly newsletter from the Children's Medical Center, University of Virginia. All contents copyright (C) Stephen M. Borowitz, M.D.

Pharmacy Times An online magazine.

Self-Medication Digest From Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada (NDMAC).
U.S. Pharmacist Online journal that includes a wide variety of subjects, including OTC and prescription drug information.

Weekly Epidemiological Record From the World Health Organization (WHO); requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for full access.


Non-Pharmacy Agencies and Organizations
(See Section Five for Pharmacy Organizations)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site offers online full text guidelines and reports dealing with a wide variety of health issues, from costs to treatment of specific disorders, and links to other relevant web resources.

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Association of Poison Control Centers

American Medical Association

American Nurses Association

American Public Health Association (APHA)

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA)

Canadian Medical Association

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health Canada

Heath Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions

The National Academies

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

National Institutes of Health

National Library of Medicine Provides free access to MEDLINE, Medline Plus (consumer information, including drug information), Clinical Trials, Household Products Database, and a variety of toxicology databases.

National Science Foundation

Occupational Safety& Health Administration (OSHA)

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

Office of the Surgeon General

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Public Health Training Network (PHTN) From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Includes distance learning programs on bioterrorism and that "respond to emerging threats to the public's health. This series uses a mix of media strategies in an effort to reach the broadest possible audience".

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Public Health Service

World Health Organization


1.     The Human Body

2.     The Human Body

3.     The Human Body


1.     Diagnosis and Treatment

2.     Diagnosis and Treatment


1.     Health Care Throughout the Life Cycle

2.      Health Care Throughout the Life Cycle


1.      The Health Care Professions and Systems


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