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Free Pharmacy Tech Practice Test

There are two ways to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician – through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).  Check your state to see which form of certification is accepted.  The PTCB and the NHA both require the taking of an exam prior to certification.  In case you miss any questions, adequate explanations have been provided. We highly recommend you to take this test.

  1. 10 questions in all. There is no time constraint, so take your time. You need to score at least 80% to pass
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#1. A 60 day supply for a prescription for Colace 100 mg capsule taken bid should be filled with ___.


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The correct answer is 120 capsules because the prescription is for a 60 day supply and directions are one capsule twice daily (bid).  In other words, 1 x 2 x 60 = 120.

#2. A PRN order is an order for a medication that is used on a(n) ________ basis in a hospital.


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PRN is a medical term that means “as needed.”  PRN orders are requests for mediation that is not used on a routine basis.  Instead, PRN medications are used only when the patient needs it, such when Phenergan is used for nausea and vomiting.

#3. Pharmacy technicians can refer to the _______ Book to find out of if two drugs are equivalent.


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The primary reference for therapeutic equivalence is the FDA’s Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, commonly known as the Orange Book.  It is the official source that provides standards, which dictate drug equivalence.

#4. What is the nature of a drug idiosyncrasy?


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Unexpected responses to medications are called idiosyncrasies or idiosyncratic effects.

#5. Before, after, and throughout each shift, pharmacy technicians should wash their hands with an anti-microbial agent for at least _____.


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Pharmacy technicians should always wash their hands for at least 30 seconds, allowing the friction and antimicrobial agent to thoroughly clean the hands and arms.

#6. Which of the following defines a solvent?


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The larger part of a solution is called the “solvent.”  A solvent is a substance, usually a liquid, that dissolves another substance to make a solution.

#7. A physician order for a 120 mg dose of Gentamycin 40mg/mL should be filled with ______ of Gentamycin.


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The correct answer is 3 mL because for every 1 mL of Gentamycin medication there are 40 mg.  40 mg x 3 equals 120 mg, which is the same as desired dose of 120 mg.

#8. There are ______ ounces (oz.) in a pound (lb).


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There are 16 ounces in a pound.  This is a common conversion that is used when weighing material on a scale.

#9. Epilepsy is caused by excessive ______ activity within the brain.


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Excessive electrical activity within the brain can cause seizures.  Grand mal seizures involve convulsions and can include unconsciousness.  Petit mal seizures do not involve convulsions but may include periods of stupor.

#10. Which age ranges defines a neonate?


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A neonate is a newborn baby who is 1 month old or less.  After a baby reaches the age of 1 month, it is then considered an “infant.”

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