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Practice Quiz #6

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Which of the following NSAID drugs is classified as a
COX-2 Inhibitor:

A. Nabumetone

B. Naproxen

C. Celecoxib

D. Ibuprofen

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Which FDA drug recall class is for product problems that are not likely to cause adverse health consequences, but may not be following FDA regulations. (ex. incorrectly sealed packaging)

A. Class I

B. Class II

C. Class III

D. Class IV

FDA recall definitions

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The wholesale cost of #30 drug 'E' is $47.66. Your pharmacy charges a 12% mark-up and a flat $6.50 dispensing fee. How much will the patient be charged for this prescription?

A. $52.60

B. $62.36

C. $59.88

D. $57.48


Which of the following drugs is prescribed for depression:

A. Tadalafil

B. Hydrocodone

C. Zolpidem

D. Duloxetine

Top 200 drugs


In the U.S., Methylphenidate is a DEA Sch. II drug. What is the maximum number of refills allowed on a prescription order for it.

A. Eleven

B. Five

C. One

D. Zero

Prescription refills


Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 was enacted to regulate OTC sales of:

A. Pseudoephedrine

B. Nepeta Cataria

C. Crystal Meth

D. Dextromethorphan


Which of the following routes of administration would likely be used by a patient taking Nitroglycerin for a sudden angina (chest pain) occurrence:

A. Rectal suppository

B. Intravenous

C. Sub-lingual

D. Trans-dermal patch

Routes of administration

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Which of the following quantities would be correct for this formula:

betamethasone 0.1%
ketoconazole 2%
hydrocortisone 0.5%
1:2:1, Mitte 60 g

A. 15g of ketoconazole

B. 30g of betamethasone

C. 30g of hydrocortisone

D. 30g of ketoconazole

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Drug 'Y' has a cost of $1.33 per 500mg tab. Your pharmacy charges 40% markup + $6.50 disp. fee. There is a local sales tax of 7.75%. Prescription drug orders are statutorily exempt from tax. The register system just went down and a customer is picking up a prescription of 30 tabs of drug 'Y' and a new pill organizer box, which is on clearance for $2.99. They are paying cash and have no insurance. What is their grand total?

A. $65.58

B. $67.20

C. $70.41

D. $69.35


Which of the following auxiliary labels would you use on this prescription:

i-ii gtts os t.i.d. prn

A. For the eye

B. Take with food

C. Avoid alcohol

D. For the ear



Which of the following hypodermic needles has the smallest nominal outer diameter?

A. 16 Gauge

B. 28 Gauge

C. 14 Gauge

D. 24 Gauge


Phentermine is a drug which is approved by the FDA to be prescribed as an appetite suppressant. It is also classified as a controlled substance. Which Drug Enforcement Agency Schedule is Phentermine listed in?

A. DEA Sch. II


C. DEA Sch. IV

D. DEA Sch. V

DEA schedules


Of the following, which medication would most likely be prescribed to increase blood coagulation:

A. Hydrochlorathiazide

B. Vitamin K

C. Clopidogrel

D. Warfarin

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A prescription is presented for 180 grams of a 7.5% ointment. Your pharmacy has 10% and 2% strengths. Which of the following formulas could be used to compound this order:

A. 47.25g of 10% + 131.75g of 2%

B. 50g of 2% + 130g of 10%

C. 123.75g of 10% + 56.25g of 2%

D. 130g of 10% + 50g of 2%

Alligation math


It is 0900 and your hospital pharmacy receives an order for amoxicillin 500mg stat and then q6h. If your hospital only stocks 250mg capsules and the unit dose carts are exchanged at 1600, how many capsules will you send out now?

a. 4 capsules

b. 2 capsules

c. 6 capsules

d. 8 capsules


Which of the following drugs have common side effects that include nausea and vomiting, excessive growth of body hair and gum tissue, ataxia and sedation?

A. Diazepam

B. Amoxicillin

C. Allopurinol

D. Phenytoin


Which of the following concentration strengths is the most concentrated?

A. 1:100

B. 1:250

C. 1:500

D. 1:1000


To re-certify, the PTCB requires a minimum of 20 contact hours of qualified continuing education in pharmacy-related topics every two years. At least one of the twenty hours must be in ___________.

A. Addiction/Recovery

B. Customer service

C. IPledge

D. Pharmacy law


A patient is to receive 150mL IV in a 3 hour period. If the drop factor is 60, at what rate should the IV run?

a. 40 drops/min

b. 30 drops/min

c. 50 drops/min

d. 60 drops/min

IV infusion math


Ibandronate is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis, which is a disease that causes ________.

A. Arthritis

B. Bone loss

C. Vision loss

D. Incontinence

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