PTCB practice questions Quiz #5
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PTCB practice questions Quiz #5 is the fifth of several free PTCB practice exams. It is more heavy in pharmacy math and word problems. In preparing for the PTCB or ExCPT exams, it is recommended to be prepared for short questions as well as lengthy word problems. The test may shift from one subject to another with each question.


Dr. Diaco has prescribed your customer a drug order for the following:

Methylprednisolone 10mg tabs
40mg QD x2D
30mg QD X3D
20mg QD X4D
10mg QD X5D

How many tablets should be dispensed?

A. 120

B. 100

C. 75

D. 30

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A customer has dropped off a prescription order for Lotensin® (Benazepril). Which of the following conditions does our customer most likely need this for?

A. Epilepsy

B. Type II diabetes

C. Hypertension

D. Ear infection

Drug class definitions


Your retail pharmacy sells products at:
45% markup over wholesale + a set dispensing fee of $4.

A customer brings in a script for: Vardenafil 5mg #10.
The total retail cost at pickup for the 10 tablets is $149.00.
What is your pharmacy's wholesale cost per/each tablet ?

A. $14.50

B. $10.00

C. $18.85

D. $14.90

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You have been asked by the pharmacist to prepare 3 liters of a 30% strength solution. Your pharmacy stocks the active ingredient in 8 ounce bottles of 70% strength. How many bottles of the active ingredient will you need to open to complete this request? (Hint - here's how to do this one )

A. 14

B. 10

C. 6

D. 3


A 600mL IV solution is to be given over a 5 hour period. Which of the flow rates below would need to be used.

A. 2.0mL/min

B. 2.5mL/min

C. 3.0mL/min

D. 3.5mL/min

IV Dosage calculations


An 8 year old boy is 138 centimeters tall and weighs 34 Kilograms. The adult dosage of his prescribed medication is 400mg. Using clark's rule, what would the dosage for the boy be ?

A. 160mg

B. 200mg

C. 240mg

D. 300mg

Pediatric dosage calculations


Mr. Bill Foldes is a regular customer at your pharmacy. Today he brought in a new prescription for Oxycontin®. The script is from Dr. Bender and his DEA number is BB5274636. The script is dated December 17th of last year and today is April 21st. The prescription allows 5 refills. Under the circumstances, how many fills will Mr. Foldes receive ?

A. 1 Today + 1 Refill

B. 0 Today + 0 Refill

C. 1 Today + 2 Refill

D. 1 Today + 0 Refill


Which of the DEA Schedules are Benzodiazepines listed in ?

A. DEA Sch V





A patient at your hospital is prescribed:
Drug Xt® 2mg/kg TID.
Her chart shows she weighs 110 lbs. How many mg per day will she receive.

A. 100mg

B, 200mg

C. 300mg

D. 400mg

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A customer walks in to your pharmacy and wants to buy a blood pressure monitor. They've chosen one that retails for $79.99. Today is senior Tuesday and your customer is eligible for a 15% discount on the unit. What will the final price be after the discount and 5.0% sales tax are applied ?

A. $71.39

B. $69.97

C. $72.01

D. $71.50


A drug developer invented a new drug in their lab in 1994. They applied for a patent for it in late 1995. They were awarded the patent in 1996. In 2009, the FDA approved the drug for sale and distribution in the US. What year will the patent expire for this drug?

A. 2029

B. 2014

C. 2016

D. 2015

FDA new drug application (NDA) page


Alcohol intolerance can cause immediate, unpleasant reactions after the patient consumes alcohol. Which dosage form would not be recommended to a patient with an allergy to alcohol ?

A. Suspension

B. Elixir

C. Syrup

D. Emulsion

Dosage forms


A new product has arrived to your pharmacy. The storage requirements on the label read: Store at 1.5°C - 3.3°C. Where would you store them ?

A. Room temperature

B. Refrigerator

C. Freezer

D. Incubator


A prescription order reads: 2 Tabs TID X28D
How many tablets will be dispensed ?

A. 56

B. 112

C. 168

D. 140


1 liter of a solution contains 5 Grams of a drug. How much would be present in 750ml of that solution ?

A. 3750mg

B. 1500mg

C. 2750mg

D. 4000mg

Proportions math


A 7 year old girl weighs 27 Kilograms. The adult dosage of the drug she has been prescribed is 500mg. Using Young's rule, what will the dosage be for her ?

A. 125mg

B. 160mg

C. 185mg

D. 200mg

Pediatric dosages


Angiotensin II is a very potent chemical that causes muscles surrounding blood vessels to contract, thereby narrowing blood vessels.

Which of the following is an
Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (A2RB):

A. Enalapril

B. Diazepam

C. Rosuvastatin

D. Valsartan

Generic drug suffixes


The metric system is an international decimalised system of measurement, which is used by virtually every country in the world for both household and scientific applications. However, the metric system is not commonly used in the United States (outside of chemistry). How many milligrams are in 1 kilogram ?

A. 1,000,000

B. 100,000

C. 10,000

D. 1,000

Measurements and conversions


While rotating stock you notice an expiration date on a bottle that reads 08/13. What is the last day that product may be used ?

A. July 31, 2013

B. August 1, 2013

C. August 31, 2013

D. September 1, 2013


Which of the DEA Schedules contains highly addictive drugs that have no accepted medical use ?

A. DEA Sch V



D. DEA Sch I

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