First Drug Dealing Lessons
This semester, I am taking class called Intro to Pharmacy Practice. It’s every STLCOP student’s first pharmacy related class and as the name implies, it introduces us to pharmacy. Today was my last IPP lab. I just wanted to say that although this lab is a little stressful for me, it is one of my favorite labs. I think it’s because we actually get to see what pharmacists do and actually do what pharmacists do.
For our fist lab, we got to work with a Torsional Balance Scale and weighed out different amounts of powders. For our second lab, we practiced typing up medication labels, learned a special mixing technique with a mortar and pestle called geometric dilution, and compounded our very first medication- a grape suspension. Our third lab was similar except we learned how to “levigate”, or mix ointment and powder with a metal spatula, and compounded an ointment. Today, we learned about different types of hoods used in a pharmacy, how to handle syringes, ampules and IV needles under the hood (or drug dealing in the hood ;P) and different aseptic techniques including proper hand washing.
Levigating Hydrocortisone ointment with Benzoic Acid powder:
Medications we made (note Candace Marshall and Mark Susman are NOT real patients!! haha)
Practicing withdrawing solutions from vials
IPP lab is a little frazzling sometimes because in the real world, if you mess up, it could potentially hurt someone. But that’s the good thing about IPP lab: practice, practice, practice:)
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