Memorizing the top 200 drugs is a key part of preparing for the PTCB or ExCPT exam. This task becomes a lot easier when drugs are grouped into their respective classes. That’s why we feature a drug class-based review of medications in our pharmacy technician certification exam study guides (PTCB Exam Simplified and ExCPT Exam Simplified). In each book, we go over is “drug name stems.” These are prefixes or suffixes that appear in the generic name of a drug that reveals the class to which the drug belongs. An example is the suffix “-lol,” which appears in the generic name of a certain class of heart medications known as beta-blockers (e.g., metoprolol, atenolol).

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