MCQs on Unit I of Pharmaceutics I

MCQs on Unit I of Pharmaceutics I


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Historical background and development of profession of pharmacy: Histor of profession of Pharmacy in India in relation to pharmacy education, industry and organization, Pharmacy as a career

Pharmacopoeias: Introduction to IP, BP, USP and Extra Pharmacopoeia.

Dosage forms: Introduction to dosage forms, classification and definitions

Prescription: Definition, Parts of prescription, handling of Prescription and Errors in prescription.

Posology: Definition, Factors affecting posology. Pediatric dose calculations
based on age, body weight and body surface area.


The first examination for chemists and druggists in India, marking the beginning of the formal pharmacy profession, was held in:

  1. 1841
  2. 1868
  3. 1870
  4. 1881


Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray founded the first pharmaceutical company in India, Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceutical Works, in

  1. 1900
  2. 1901
  3. 1905
  4. 1910

The Pharmacy Act of 1948 established the:

  1. Indian Pharmacopoeial Committee
  2. Pharmacy Council of India
  3. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
  4. Central Drugs Standard Control Organization


Which of the following is NOT a traditional system of medicine practiced in India?

  1. Ayurveda
  2. Allopathy
  3. Unani
  4. Homeopathy


The first edition of the Indian Pharmacopoeia was published in:

  1. 1930
  2. 1945
  3. 1955
  4. 1960


The minimum education requirement for practicing as a pharmacist in India is a:

  1. Certificate course
  2. Diploma in Pharmacy (D.Pharm)
  3. Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm)
  4. Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)


The Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) regulates education for:

  1. D.Pharm only
  2. B.Pharm and D.Pharm
  3. M.Pharm and above
  4. All pharmacy degrees


Traditionally, pharmacy education in India has been focused on:

  1. Research and development
  2. Industry and product knowledge
  3. Clinical pharmacy
  4. Public health policy


The Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940 aimed to:

  1. Establish pharmacy education standards
  2. Regulate the sale and quality of drugs
  3. Promote research in pharmaceuticals
  4. Form a national pharmacy association


The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is responsible for:

  1. Setting drug prices in India
  2. Licensing pharmaceutical companies
  3. Conducting drug safety studies
  4. Managing pharmacy education


Pharmacists in India can work in various settings, including:

  1. Hospitals only
  2.  Community pharmacies
  3. Pharmaceutical companies
  4. All of the above


Skills required for a successful pharmacy career include:

  1. Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  2. Expertise in surgery
  3. Proficiency in coding and billing
  4. Specialization in a specific disease


The Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP) is a reference book containing standards for:

  1. Food products
  2. Ayurvedic medicines
  3. Allopathic medicines
  4. Cosmetic ingredients


The British Pharmacopoeia (BP) is a pharmacopoeia published by the:

  1. Indian Pharmacopoeial Committee
  2. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (UK)
  3. United States Pharmacopeia Convention
  4. World Health Organization


The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a pharmacopoeia published by the:

  1. Indian Council of Medical Research
  2. Pharmacy Council of India
  3. United States Pharmacopeia Convention
  4. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India)


Extra Pharmacopeia refers to:

  1. Official standards for new drugs not yet included in national pharmacopoeias
  2. Traditional herbal remedies
  3. Over-the-counter medications
  4. Banned and unsafe drugs


Pharmacopoeias are important because they ensure:

  1. Brand recognition for drugs
  2. Consistent quality, safety, and efficacy of medications
  3. High marketing potential for drugs
  4.  Affordable prices

Dosage forms refer to:

  1. The raw chemical form of a drug
  2. The way a drug is delivered into the body
  3. The brand name of a medication
  4. The recommended dose of a drug


The main classifications of dosage forms include:

  1. Solids, liquids, and gases only
  2. Solids, liquids, semisolids, and inhalants
  3. Tablets, capsules, and syrups only
  4. Prescription and over-the-counter


Tablets are an example of a:

  1. Liquid dosage form
  2. Solid dosage form
  3. Semisolid dosage form
  4. Inhalant dosage form


Creams and ointments are classified as:

  1. Solids
  2. Liquids
  3. Semisolids
  4. Inhalants


Suppositories are dosage forms intended for:

  1. Oral administration
  2. Topical application
  3. Rectal or vaginal insertion
  4. Inhalation


A prescription is a written order from a licensed healthcare professional for:

  1. Over-the-counter medications only
  2. Prescription medications only
  3. Any type of medication
  4. Medical procedures


The standard parts of a prescription typically include:

  1. Doctor’s name and signature only
  2. Patient’s name, medication, dosage, and directions
  3. Drug company information
  4. Pharmacy name and address


Pharmacists play a crucial role in:

  1. Writing prescriptions
  2. Dispensing medications according to prescriptions
  3. Manufacturing medications
  4. Conducting clinical trials


Errors in prescriptions can lead to:

  1. Increased sales for drug companies
  2. Serious health risks for patients
  3. Faster medication approval
  4. More efficient pharmacy workflow


Pharmacists should carefully review prescriptions for:

  1. Brand names only
  2. Dosage accuracy, potential interactions, and allergies
  3. Expiry date of the medication
  4. Doctor’s handwriting clarity only


When dispensing medications, pharmacists should provide patients with:

  1. Just the medication
  2. Instructions on proper use and storage
  3. Information about potential side effects only
  4. Recommendations for alternative therapies


Expired medications should be:

  1. Dispensed at a discount
  2. Discarded safely
  3. Repackaged with a new expiry date
  4. Donated to charity


Controlled substances are medications with a high potential for:

  1. Allergic reactions
  2. Addiction and misuse
  3. Lack of effectiveness
  4. Severe side effects


Prescriptions for controlled substances typically require:

  1. No special handling
  2. Stricter regulations and documentation
  3. Lower copay for patients
  4. Faster refills


Refills for medications can only be authorized by:

  1. The pharmacist
  2. The prescribing healthcare professional
  3. The patient
  4. The pharmacy manager


It is important for patients to:

  1. Never question their prescriptions
  2. Maintain open communication with their healthcare providers and pharmacists
  3. Take all medications as prescribed, even if they feel well
  4. Share their medications with friends and family


Pharmacists can help to ensure medication adherence by:

  1. Offering medication reminders
  2. Providing education on medication benefits and risks
  3. Compounding medications without a prescription
  4. Advocating for lower medication costs


When a patient experiences side effects from a medication, they should:

  1. Continue taking the medication as prescribed
  2. Discuss the side effects with their healthcare provider
  3. Stop taking the medication without consulting a healthcare professional
  4. Increase the dosage to manage side effects


Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are available for purchase:

  1. Only with a prescription
  2. Without a prescription, but with pharmacist consultation recommended
  3. Through online retailers only
  4. At any price point, regardless


Posology refers to the study of:

  1. Drug interactions
  2. The science of dosage
  3. Medication packaging
  4.  Drug discovery


Factors affecting posology can include:

  1. Age only
  2. Age, weight, and renal function
  3. Dosage form only
  4. Brand name of the medication


When calculating pediatric doses, healthcare professionals may consider:

  1. Age alone
  2. Age, weight, or body surface area
  3.  Height only
  4.  Dosage form and brand name


The Younger than Two formula is used for calculating pediatric doses based on:

  1. Age
  2. Weight
  3. Body surface area
  4. All of the above


Clark’s rule is a formula used for calculating pediatric doses based on:

  1. Age
  2. Weight
  3. Body surface area
  4. All of the above


Which of the following is NOT a common method for calculating pediatric doses based on body surface area?

  1.  BSA rule of thumb
  2.  Calvert formula
  3. Mosteller formula
  4. Haycock formula


When using a pediatric dosing formula, it is important to:

  1. Round the dose to the nearest whole number
  2. Consider the specific needs and condition of the child
  3. Ignore any potential drug interactions
  4. Use the same formula for all medications


A common error in pediatric dosing can occur by:

  1. Using an adult dose without adjustment
  2. Not considering the child’s allergies
  3. Selecting the wrong dosage form
  4. All of the above


Pharmacists play a crucial role in ensuring accurate pediatric dosing by:

  1. Only dispensing medications prescribed by pediatricians
  2. Verifying calculations and recommending adjustments if needed
  3. Encouraging parents to purchase over-the-counter medications for children
  4. Providing advice on alternative therapies for children


When dispensing medications for children, pharmacists should educate parents/caregivers on:

  1. The proper storage of the medication only
  2. The importance of following the prescribed dosage and directions
  3. Potential side effects without mentioning benefits
  4. How to administer the medication without demonstrating


Effective communication between healthcare professionals, pharmacists, and parents/caregivers is essential for:

  1. Marketing new medications
  2. Ensuring safe and effective medication use in children
  3. Increasing medication adherence in adults only
  4. Reducing pharmacy wait times


Technological advancements can help to improve pediatric dosing accuracy by:

  1. Allowing pharmacists to prescribe medications
  2. Providing electronic dosing calculators
  3. Encouraging self-diagnosis in children
  4. Replacing human interaction in medication dispensing


It is important to stay updated on the latest recommendations for pediatric dosing because:

  1. Regulations change frequently for marketing purposes
  2. Children’s bodies are constantly developing, requiring adjustments
  3. Newer medications may have different dosing requirements
  4. All of the above


When in doubt about a pediatric dose, pharmacists should always:

  1. Guess based on experience
  2. Consult with a healthcare professional
  3. Increase the dose to ensure effectiveness
  4. Dispense a lower dose to avoid side effects

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