Book Review

Pediatric Dosage Handbook 2001-2002. International Edition (8th ed.)

Carol K. Taketomo, Jane H. Hodding, Donna M. Kraus

This is an excellent reference for healthcare professionals, parents, child-care providers, and anyone traveling or living where language is a barrier to obtaining required medications. It contains useful information from the preface to the international brandname drug index.

The eighth international edition of the Pediatric Dosage Handbook is one of two pediatric dosage handbooks published by Lexi-Comp, Inc. This reference, which fits easily into a lab coat pocket, includes a 166- page index of international brand-name drugs from 21 countries in addition to the United States. The other pediatric dosage handbook published by Lexi-Comp does not contain this index; thus the international edition is a bargain for only $2.00 more.

The 670 pediatric drug monographs include accurate, concise, easily accessed information on neonatal, pediatric, and adult dosing; labeled and unlabeled indications and dosing; detailed methods of administration of pediatric medications; and appendices with comparative charts. Other topics of interest include measuring pediatric blood pressure; antidepressant agents; ideal body weight calculation; growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); parental stress; pesticides; prophylaxis for pediatric endocarditis; pediatric, adult, and adolescent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) information; normal laboratory values for children; antiepileptic drugs; the sodium content of selected medicinals; sugar-free liquid pharmaceuticals; the carbohydrate and alcohol content of liquid medications for patients receiving ketogenic diets; and tablets that cannot be crushed or altered. The phone number for the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Hotline and the hotline numbers for the CDC, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health, and various American and Canadian pharmaceutical associations are also provided.

The authors of this book have done an outstanding job of publishing current and accurate pediatric drug information. This book should be in every pharmacy (even in those that do not often dispense prescriptions for pediatric patients). Customers with children know that the pharmacist is a trusted professional who can answer questions about their children’s health. In this global society, a patient from another country may present a pharmacist with an empty box labeled in a foreign language and ask him or her to help him locate that product or one similar. Customers who travel internationally might request a list of medications and dosages for the treatment of diarrhea, fever, or an unexpected allergic reaction. The eighth international edition of the Pediatric Dosage Handbook is an excellent resource for that purpose.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Nov/Dec 2002