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The following 10 questions cover all nine competencies outlined in the examination blueprint for the PEBC Technician Qualifying Exam Part I.  Choose the best answer from the choices.  You have 13 minutes and 20 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.  An appropriate auxiliary label for atorvastatin is:

a)  May cause constipation.

b)  May cause drowsiness.

c)  Do not drink grapefruit juice.

d)  Do not take nitrates with this medication.

3.  Which of the following products should not be handled with bare hands?

a)  Metformin

b)  Paroxetine

c)  Tamoxifen

d)  Oxazepam


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 volume is required for the entire course of 7 days?

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 pharmacist?

a)  Accept a verbal prescription for lorazepam

b)  Transfer lorazepam to another pharmacy

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

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

6.  A diabetic patient does not have a sharps container to put her lancets in.  Because she is unable to come to the pharmacy due to mobility issues, what can she use to store her used lancets?


a)  Plastic baggy

b)  Plastic water bottle

c)  Paper bag

d)  Tin coffee can 

7.  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 daytime when tired.

b)  Reading before bedtime.

c)  Exercising during daytime.

d)  Drinking alcohol before bedtime.

8.  Which of the following is an appropriate communication technique with patients?

a)  Using technical terms

b)  Asking two questions at once

c)  Providing an empathetic response

d)  Speaking in a condescending manner

9.  Jerry was dispensed a prescription which calls for fluoxetine 20 mg once daily.  A week later, he tells you that he is taking it at bedtime, but it keeps him up at night.  He is wondering if he can take it in the morning.  Your response is:

a)  Jerry can take it in the morning because the doctor specified once daily, which can be taken at any time of the day.

b)  Jerry should speak to the pharmacist.

c)  Jerry should book an appointment with the doctor to clarify what time of day he is supposed to take it.

d)  Jerry should sleep during the daytime if it keeps him up at night.


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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Sample OSPE Question

You have six (6) minutes to provide care to a child's parent.  You may have access to the azithromycin [Zithromax] monograph and you may use a calculator.


Patient: Laura Groves

Age: 4 years old

Address: 56 Treetop Lane

Azithromycin 200 mg/5 mL suspension


Give 12 mg/kg po once daily x 5 days

(Doctor's Signature)

What are the most important questions you would ask the child's parent to assist the pharmacist's clinical thought process?  Once you are done, scroll down for a list of pre-determined responses.
























Most Important Questions

1)  What is the child's weight?  My child weighs 20 kg.

2)  Does the child have any allergies or intolerances to medications? Yes, my child is allergic to amoxicillin.  The reaction is an anaphylactic in nature.

3)  What is the azithromycin used for? This antibiotic is for pharyngitis.

Using this information, how much liquid is to be given daily to the child?

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