Book Review

Handbook of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Jay P. Rho, Stan G. Louie, eds.
Pharmaceutical Products Press

This book is easy to read, well referenced and recommended for those involved with biotechnology-derived products that require pharmaceutical manipulations for specific patients.

This general and very practical handbook covers the general principles of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals and is designed for both students and professionals. The biotechnology product classes covered include monoclonal antibodies, clotting factors, enzymes and regulators of enzymatic activity, cytokines, anticytokines, and oligonucleotide and gene therapy. Each topic is discussed under the headings of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, clinical applications, toxicities and dosage guidelines. Prescription products are also reviewed, including discussions on clinical uses and trials, adverse reactions and more. The book includes wellpresented tables and figures and extensive references.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Nov/Dec 2003