Pharmacy Assistant Quiz #12

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This quiz is 20 Questions and should take about 30 minutes maximum.


Which of the following classes of antibiotics does
gentamicin belong to?

A. Aminoglycosides

B. Cephalosporins

C. Floroquinolones

D. Macrolides

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Cefaclor is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. A physician has ordered: Cefaclor 450mg tid. The drug is available as a 7.5% suspension. What volume should be given for each dose?

A. 15mL

B. 12mL

C. 8mL

D. 6mL

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Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 requires locking caps on most prescriptions. If a customer requests a non-locking cap on a drug not exempt from the act, what is required?

A. Approval from the patients Doctor

B. Approval from the Pharmacist on duty

C. The patients signature

D. All of the above


How much 75% ethanol is needed to make 300ml of 30% ethanol?

A. 80mL

B. 120mL

C. 180mL

D. 240mL


Everyday pharmacy operations are regulated by various State and Federal laws. Of the following, which agency issues and monitors licenses for pharmacy technicians?

A. Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

B. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

C. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

D. State Board of Pharmacy (BOP)


A vial contains 2g of an oral antibiotic in powder form. The medication must be reconstituted to 200mg/tsp for a patient. How much diluent must be added?

A. 200mL

B. 100mL

C. 50mL

D. None of the above


You need to prepare a Heparin IV bag of 25,000 units in D5W 500mL. Your pharmacy usually uses 2.5mL of 10,000iu/mL to make these bags, but the only available strength of Heparin in your pharmacy is 10,000iu/10mL. What volume of Heparin needs to be added to the IV bag?

A. 10mL

B. 15mL

C. 25mL

D. 50mL

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The Dr. Has ordered to add 5g of a Drug "V" to 1L NS. and infuse at a rate of 500mg/hour. The device delivers 15 gtt/ml. how many gtt/min. will the device need to be set to?

A. 16gtt/min

B. 25gtt/min

C. 37gtt/min

D. None of the above


A patient is ordered to receive an infusion of D5NS over several hours. D5NS contains 5gm of dextrose and 900mg of NaCl per 100mL. How many 1L bags are required if the infusion is to run at 70mL/hr from 1400 until 0600?

A. 4 Bags

B. 3 Bags

C. 2 Bags

D. 1 Bag


Which of the following drugs, when prescribed in the US, may not have any refills on the same script?

A. Xanax®

B. Ativan®

C. Percocet®

D. Vicodin®


If 60 grams of 1% Ointment "L" is mixed with 80 grams of 2.5% Ointment "L", what is the % of Ointment "L" in final mixture?

A. 2.14%

B. 1.86%

C. 1.73%

D. 1.25%


The advantage of using a biological safety cabinet with vertical air flow for the preparation of antineoplastic drugs is:

A. The zone of turbulence created behind an object is minimized.

B. The risk of reflected contamination from the operator's body or "backwash" is reduced.

C. The operator is protected from exposure to radiation by a lead shield.

D. Contaminated air is not blown on the operator and into the room.


Which of the following federal acts requires retail pharmacies to provide easy wheelchair access to disabled employees and customers?

A. Patriot Act of 2001 (PA01)

B. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA)

C. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

D. Kefauver-Harris Amendment of 1962

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What quantity of 95% alcohol is needed to prepare 8L of 70% v/v alcohol?

A. 63.2 mL

B. 589.5 mL

C. 10,857mL

D. 5894.7 mL


A patient needs IV infusion of 0.9% NaCl. You have water for injection and 4.5%w/v stock solution of NaCl. There are no displacement volume effects. How much of the 4.5% w/v needs to be added to a 1L WFI bag to produce the desired concentration?

A. 700mL

B. 250mL

C. 350mL

D. 500mL


Which of the following organizations has 54 members, made up primarily of all of the Boards of Pharmacy in the United States and it's territories?

A. United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

B. National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)

C. The Joint Commission (TJC)

D. National State Pharmacy Association (NSPA)


Which of the following forms is required for a pharmacy to order a DEA Sch. III drug (ie. Vicodin®) ?

A. Dea form 444

B. Dea form 69

C. Dea form 222

D. None of the above


Which of the following U.S. federal agencies requires manufacturers of chemicals to provide MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) to Pharmacies?

A. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

B. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

C. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

D. Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR)


When necessary, the FDA will recall a drug from the market. From the following which type of recall is not likely to cause adverse health consequences, but has violated some FDA regulation?

A. Class I

B. Class II

C. Class III

D. Class IV


Which of the following federal agencies is responsible for evaluating and approving a new drug that may be approved for the US market?

A. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)

B. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

C. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

D. Department of Drug Approval (DDA)

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