Book Review

Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs (12th ed.)

Condit F. Steil, John R. White, Jr., and Keith Campbell
American Pharmaceutical Association

This indepth chapter is an excellent resource for the pharmacist for diabetes-care products and devices. It begins with background information on the disease itself, including pathophysiology, etiology, classifications, symptoms, screening and treatment. Insulin therapy is thoroughly covered, with information on the different insulin preparations, regimens and mixtures; storage considerations; preparation and injection techniques; adverse reactions; insulin resistance and allergies. The section on preparation and injection techniques would be especially helpful to a pharmacist in teaching a patient how to prepare and administer insulin for the first time. It includes a step-by-step process for the whole procedure. Next, diet and nondrug therapies are covered extensively. Foot, dental and eye care are included as a means of describing areas in which pharmacists can be involved in preventive care. The section on syringes and needles is extremely helpful in selecting the proper device. Injection aids and infusion pumps are covered in some detail. Glucose meters and lancet devices are discussed in general, without regard to specific products. Finally, the role of the pharmacist in diabetes care is discussed; with recommendations on patient education, consultation and even development of a diabetes care center, as well as a list of diabetes information resources.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Mar/Apr 2000