PEBC PHARMACIST QUALIFYING EXAM
FREE SAMPLE QUESTIONS

The following 10 questions cover all nine competencies outlined in the examination blueprint for the PEBC Pharmacist Qualifying Exam Part I.  Choose the best answer from the choices.  You have 12 minutes and 30 seconds to complete all 10 questions.

1. Which of the following medications is permitted as a verbal prescription?

a) Hydrocodone

b) Mersyndol (doxylamine, codeine, acetaminophen)

c) Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone)

d) Morphine

2. FG is a 72 year old male with a complex medication regimen admitted to the hospital for pneumonia.  He is taking chlorthalidone, amlodipine, pravastatin and escitalopram.  His blood pressure is 110/70 mm Hg and creatinine clearance is 30 mL/min.  The current orders are for levofloxacin 750 mg daily every 48 hours x 5 days.  Which of the following is NOT one of his QT-prolongation risk factors?

a) Use of levofloxacin

b) Use of escitalopram

c) Use of chlorthalidone

d) Use of amlodipine


3. Continuing from Question 2, which of his medical conditions can contribute to QT prolongation?

a) Hypertension

b) Depression

c) Renal dysfunction

d) Dyslipidemia


4. JN received an order for compounded metronidazole suspension for a 22-lb child.  The dose is 20 mg/kg/day for 7 days.  Using a 5% w/v metronidazole stock solution, how much is required for the entire course?

a) 28 mL

b) 62 mL

c) 140 mL

d) 280 mL


5. Which of the following duties can a pharmacy technician perform in place of the designated manager?

a) Supervise the physical pharmacy

b) Transfer a benzodiazepine

c) Purchase over-the-counter products from a supplier

d) Assess a patient for referral to walk-in clinic

6. DN is a 25 year old male who has trouble sleeping at night due to recent exam stress. Which of the following is suitable advice to assist DN?

a) Napping during the day when tired.

b) Reading before bedtime.

c) Exercising during daytime.

d) Drinking alcohol before bedtime.

7. A trial is looking at the incidence of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome among patients given drug X and drug Y.  In the drug X group, 80 out of 175 had the adverse effect, compared to 25 out of 170 in the drug Y group.  What is the relative risk of developing Stevens-Johnson Syndrome with drug X?

a) 0.3

b) 1.5

c) 2

d) 3.1

8. Jerry is asking for a recommendation for a cough syrup.  During the patient interview, it is recommended to avoid confirmation bias in which of the following questions?

a) You are not taking any over-the-counter products currently, right?

b) Do you have any allergies to medications?

c) Is the cough productive or non-productive?

d) What time of the day is the cough most severe?

9. Continuing from Question 8, after interviewing Jerry, you learn he is healthy and on no medications.  He developed a phlegm cough 4 weeks ago and started using guaifenesin syrup.  His phlegm disappeared within 2 weeks, however, his dry cough remains and keeps him up at night.  What is your recommendation for him?

a) Try dextromethorphan instead.

b) Tell him to continue using guaifenesin syrup.

c) Tell him to try behind-the-counter codeine cough syrup.

d) Refer him to a physician for further assessment.


10. Which of the following uses a dangerous abbreviation which the Institute of Safe Medication Practices does NOT approve of?


a) 50 mg

b) 25 μg

c) 0.5 g

d) 15 kg

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