Pharmacy Times

App Wrap

Author: Laura Enderle, Assistant Editor

These apps offer tools to help pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists study smarter, work more efficiently, and enhance their practice.

Pharmacy Times for iPad
The Pharmacy Times iPad app has the whole package: informative, insightful content pharmacists expect from Pharmacy Times, plus a host of interactive features that deliver an immersive reading experience. Users can flip through slideshows, watch videos, and listen to podcasts while reading articles on a range of educational topics including disease management; drug diversion and abuse; generic, OTC, and Rx product news; patient education and counseling; pharmacy technology; and more.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPad
Download: itunes.apple.com/us/ app/pharmacy-times/id389102926

Pharmacy CPE
Student pharmacists and recent grads can get a head start on continuing education with the Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education’s Pharmacy CPE app. It lets users review pharmacy case studies, complete lessons, track credits, receive e-mail reminders, and print certificates for completed courses on the go. Automatic alerts provide up-to-date Web exclusives and news briefs from Pharmacy Times.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Download: itunes.apple.com/us/ app/pharmacy-cpe/id377252979

Medical Spanish
Medical Spanish has received stellar reviews from health care professionals. Written by a physician, this medical phrasebook is an invaluable counseling tool for US pharmacists. Its comprehensive library offers targeted resources to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients, including subjective questions to assess a patient’s history and current health state, prescription instructions, vaccine information statements, patient education materials, and more. The latest version has been upgraded with audio for more than 3000 phrases, bookmarking capabilities to call up commonly used phrases, and a special section detailing herbs and alternative medicines.
Price: $4.99
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Download: itunes.apple.com/us/ app/medical-spanish-with-audio/ id301655973

Cram
Contrary to its name, Cram is as useful for industrious students as it is for chronic procrastinators. The app’s study mode helps users turn textbook outlines and lecture notes into digital flashcards with images and text. Test mode converts the flashcards into custom exams with multiple choice answers, which can be randomized or timed to mimic test day conditions. Cram also tracks test performance, making it easy to monitor progress over time. Study groups will appreciate the app’s Portal feature, which lets users share and access thousands of tests created by others.
Price: $3.99
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch
Download: itunes.apple.com/us/ app/cram-flashcards-multiplechoice/ id290024708

MedWatcher
MedWatcher is a collaborative effort hatched by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and the University of North Carolina to improve drug safety surveillance. Both health care professionals and patients can use the app to report adverse events to the FDA and track government safety alerts for a customized list of prescription medications. Supported by scientific research, Med- Watcher’s user-friendly reporting forms are its biggest draw and a substantial improvement over the FDA’s tools for reporting adverse events via MedWatch.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Download: itunes.apple.com/app/ medwatcher-drug-safety-reporting/ id391767048

Mediquations
Mediquations is a medical calculator that contains more than 228 medical calculations and scoring tools. Selected as a “Staff Favorite” by Apple for its intuitive interface, Mediquations boasts strong search capability, a view-by-category option, and a favorites function to ensure that frequently used equations are easy to access. A large number pad and clean design enable fast, accurate entry, and users can e-mail the results of calculations to save or share with others.
Price: $4.99
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Download: itunes.apple.com/app/ mediquations-medical-calculator/ id287958963

Drug Pronunciations
Newly initiated pharmacists need never again suffer the unique humiliation of mispronouncing the name of an unfamiliar drug. Drug Pronunciations includes clear audio pronunciations of more than 2500 drug names, both generic and trade, verified for accuracy by a team of pharmacists and physicians. Continuous updates incorporate newly introduced drugs and usersuggested drugs to complete the app’s library.
Price: $2.99
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Download: itunes.apple.com/ us/app/drug-pronunciations/ id314644545

ESP Mobile
Emerging Solutions in Pain (ESP) provides clinicians and pharmacists with practice guidelines for pain management. ESP maintains a portfolio of educational print, audio, video, and online resources designed to help pharmacists navigate the unique hurdles of caring for patients with chronic pain. Using the ESP Mobile app, pharmacists can stay connected to pain management news, journal summaries, and clinical trial results from ESP; listen to national thought leaders discuss pain management topics; and watch video vignettes focused on pharmacotherapy, assessment, abuse, best practices, and legal issues related to pain management.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Download: itunes.apple.com/us/ app/esp-mobile/id334702448

Cardiology Drug Guide 2010
The Cardiology Drug Guide 2010 is a mobile reference book for health care professionals managing drug therapy regimens of patients with cardiovascular disease. The guide provides pharmacists and student pharmacists quick access to current, comprehensive information on cardiovascular drugs, including trade and generic names, administration and dosages, interactions, contraindications, and precautions.
Price: $24.99
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Download: itunes.apple.com/ us/app/cardiology-drug-guide/ id382475925