Pharmacy Technician Certification Practice Questions Set 3 - Answer Key

1. C: It is usually necessary to touch the syringe barrel and barrel flange when drawing up medications. One should not touch the syringe plunger, as this could contaminate the syringe. The shaft is part of the needle.

2. A: NovoLog is insulin aspart, Apidra is insulin glulisine, and Levemir is insulin detemir.

3. A: Dolophine (methadone) is a C-II. Norco (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) is a C-III. Restoril (temazepam) is a C-IV. Strattera (atomoxetine) is not a controlled substance.

4. C: Fluconazole and nystatin are antifungal agents. Acyclovir is an antiviral agent. Doxycycline is an antibacterial agent.

5. C: Patanol (olopatadine) is an antihistamine eyedrop used for eye allergies.

6. C: A misbranded product has untrue or incorrect claims or labeling, including labeling that doesn't have appropriate instructions for use or warnings specific to the drug. Choices A, B, and D are examples of drug adulteration.

7. D: The prescriber must sign a prescription for a C-II. The prescription can be handwritten or typed on a computer. Patients may receive a partial fill if the remainder is available within 72 hours. Faxed C-II prescriptions are allowable from a long-term care institution. An emergency filling is allowable as long as the prescription quantity is limited to a specific time period and the physician provides the pharmacy with a hard copy within 7 days.

8. C: Although parenteral nutrition is very important, TPNs are generally not considered "stat" because patients can be maintained on IV fluids and electrolytes until TPNs are available. Cardura XL (doxazosin extended release) is a once-daily agent used for benign prostatic hyperplasia and does not have an immediate onset. A new order for Cardura XL would not be considered "stat" in a usual situation. Lotrimin (miconazole) is a topical antifungal agent, and a new order would not be considered "stat" in a usual situation. Amikacin is an antibiotic used for serious gram-negative infections and often in patients with compromised immune systems. Of the choices given, dispensing of a new order for amikacin would be considered the most pressing.

9. A: Although magnesium citrate may be tubed, it is carbonated and should be allowed to settle before opening. Many reasons exist why agents should not be tubed. Gemcitabine (Gemzar) is a chemotherapy agent and should not be tubed due to the danger of leaking and damaging the entire pneumatic tube system. Pegfilgrastim (Neulasta) should not be tubed due to the risk of protein denaturing and monetary loss if lost within the system. Abciximab (ReoPro) is also an agent that could be denatured and rendered inactive if tubed and is very expensive, making a loss very costly.

10. C: The expiration date of repackaged drugs is 6 months or 25% of the time of the manufacturer's expiration date, or whichever is less. The correct answer is 25% of 12 months, or 3 months, making the expiration 6/10.

Last Updated: 05/12/2014