Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Rascati KL. Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

Rascati KL. Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics

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Rascati KL. Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2009. 250 pages; $55 (paperback). ISBN-13: 978-0781765442.

Dr. Rascati's book, Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics, is an introductory but fundamental book for pharmacy students and pharmacists to understand and apply the principles of pharmacoeconomics. In the field of pharmacoeconomics, Dr. Rascati has accumulated years of experience in both teaching and research at a US pharmacy school. Her rich experiences were heavily incorporated into the contents and organization of the book, which makes it an excellent textbook for pharmacy education.

So far, the book has generated 2 positive book reviews. One review, written by a journal editor, describes the book contents in detail by chapters. (1) The other review, written by a graduate student in biotechnology, explains why the book should be a primer for students beginning to explore pharmacoeconomics. (2) This book review examines the book from the angle of a pharmacy educator, including a succinct summary of its contents as well as highlights of its merits.

Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics consist of 2 parts: Basic Topics and Advanced Topics. With 8 chapters, the first part focuses on 4 pharmacoeconomic methods--cost-minimization analysis, cost-effective analysis, cost-utility analysis, and cost-benefit analysis. In addition, the third chapter outlines the criteria to critique a pharmacoeconomic research article. These criteria not only aid pharmacy students in the literature search, but also sharpen their critical thinking abilities. With 6 chapters, the second part discusses more advanced topics related to decision making such as Markov modeling and the use of retrospective databases. Furthermore, the twelfth chapter links pharmacy services with pharmacoeconomic, providing a framework for US doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) students to assess costs and benefits of medication therapy management (MTM). …

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