This new Canadian textbook is based on the bestselling 4th edition U.S. text, known for its clear and consistent format, colourful design, and helpful boxed features and illustrations that highlight need-to-know information and help busy nursing students learn and understand pharmacology. All pharmacology content has undergone an extensive revision to ensure that it reflects the authoritative Canadian drug information resource, Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS). The text includes chapters on medication errors and gene therapy, Canadian drug policy and legislation regarding over-the-counter and natural health products, drugs for HIV/AIDS, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, infection, and psychiatric conditions has been thoroughly updated and revised. Canadian statistics have been added as well as a greater emphasis being focused on Canadian ethical and legal issues. This Canadian edition has been fully adapted, with every chapter being revised to reflect Canadian nursing practice. In addition to the textbook, a free Student CD-ROM offers medical administration checklists, IV checklists and chapter-by-chapter exam-style review questions with rationales.This edition has retained the numerous pedagogical elements including:Appearing at the beginning of each chapter -Objectivese-Learning Activities Drug ProfilesGlossaryAppearing at the end of each chapter Client Teaching Tips specific to drug class or topicPoints to Remember boxesExamination Review questionsCritical Thinking Activities BibliographyThroughout the text Ethnocultural Implications boxesCommunity Health Points boxesNatural Health Therapies boxesLegal and Ethical Principles boxesGeriatric and Pediatric Considerations boxesCase StudiesResearch boxesCase-based Nursing Care Plans applying pharmacology to the nursing processAlphabetized Dosages tables listing drug generic and trade names, pharmacological class, usual dosage ranges, and indicationsAll chapters feature Canadian drug names and dosages. Canadian drug information is based on the 2005 Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS). Includes Canadian Best Practice Guidelines for nursing. Nursing Care Plans have also been changed to reflect Canadian examples.Ethical and legal issues have received much stronger emphasis. The diverse cultural mix of Canada is reflected in examples and illustrations.All American references replaced where appropriate or enhanced with Canadian references to reflect Canadian health care policy and guidelines. All references updated to reflect the up-to-date research findings. References older than 5 years will be retained only if seminal research.All chapters revised to ensure Canadian content throughout.