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Laura Enderle, Associate Editor
Published Online: Tuesday, March 15, 2011   [ Request Print ]

Pharmacy Times iPad Edition
The Pharmacy Times iPad Edition takes your favorite pharmacy journal to the next level. Along with the same insightful departments and features from the print issue, this mobile app comes with exclusive Pharmacy Times content and a generous helping of hand-picked multimedia components you can use to enhance your pharmacy education and practice. Included in each article are relevant videos, podcasts, Web-based resources, and interactive elements that make every monthly issue a new, immersive reading experience.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPad
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/bM5Y3x

Pharmacy CPE
If employment at a community pharmacy is in your future, chances are you’ll be hunting down free continuing education (CE) courses sooner rather than later. To get a head start, student pharmacists should download the Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education’s Pharmacy CPE app. It’s a convenient source for free CE courses you can take anywhere. Users can review pharmacy case studies, complete courses, track credits, receive e-mail reminders, and print certificates on the go.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/bqMER0

Pill Identifier
Identify mystery pills in no time with this handy app from the consumer health site Drugs. com. Both versions source from Drugs.com’s database of more than 14,000 medications. Entries include images optimized for the app, along with the drug’s description, indications, pregnancy category, Controlled Substances Act schedule, strength, and prescription or OTC availability. The full version includes information targeted to health professionals, such as national drug codes, coating, clarity, and repackagers for each drug. It houses all content on your mobile device, which means you won’t need a Wi-fi or 3G connection to access it.
Price: $0.99 (Lite version); $39.99 (Full version)
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/hmt2WH

Micromedex is a streamlined reference tool for data-driven drug information. This free app belongs to Thomson Reuters’ suite of clinical decision support tools designed for pharmacists, nurses, and physicians. Each drug entry contains information on generic and trade names, therapeutic class, black box warnings, dosing, indications, adverse effects and interactions, pregnancy category, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and toxicology. The “clinical teaching” feature provides a succinct list of counseling points for each medication, making this a great resource to use before and during patient education sessions.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/gr3atO

My Dietary Supplements (MyDS)
As the market for mobile health apps expands, it’s a good idea to keep a running list of apps that have the potential to improve your interactions with future patients. My Dietary Supplements certainly merits a spot on that list. Created by the National Institutes of Health, this app lets patients track vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products they take on a regular basis. Users can also add pictures and notes to their personal dietary supplement profiles, which can be printed and e-mailed to share with a pharmacist or other health care provider.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPhone and iPad
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/gW9gGI

Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ePSS brings the complete recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force to the palm of your hand. When you enter a patient’s basic stats, this powerful counseling tool shoots back a targeted list of evidencebased preventive care guidelines presented in a user-friendly interface. Each new search leads to a wealth of patient education materials, provider fact sheets, and other resources to browse, download, and share with patients and colleagues.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, PalmOS, and Windows Mobile
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/ifarqF

Unfortunately, drug shortages aren’t going anywhere. The best pharmacists can do for now is arm themselves with information. The American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and the FDA each maintain a database of drugs in short supply, and both lists are included in RxShortages, a free, open-source app created by 2011 PharmD candidate Mick Schroeder. It doesn’t get much simpler than this app, which lets users quickly browse lists of current shortages, resolved shortages, and unavailable drugs by name. A convenient reporting tool links directly to the FDA’s contact information and ASHP’s Drug Shortage Report Form.
Price: Free
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/fkz9du

ShareYourBoard is a clever app that makes it easy to capture data scribbled on whiteboards in lectures, meetings, or anywhere ideas are shared. It uses your phone’s built-in camera to snap a photo of the whiteboard, automatically adjusting the viewing angle and contrast to create a neat reproduction that is easy to view on a full-sized screen. Users can then add comments to the board and share with classmates or colleagues via e-mail.
Price: Free
Compatible with:
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/fGgT4K

PubMed Mobile
PubMed Mobile is useful for performing quick, filtered searches of medical literature. Abstracts and citations can be sorted, saved, printed, and shared via e-mail and multiple social networking platforms. The app does not provide full text of articles or link to the Web—which might be a drawback, depending on your research needs. Even with this limitation, PubMed Mobile delivers a search experience that is superior to the site’s official mobile version. For an Apple-friendly alternative, try PubMed On Tap, available in the iTunes store at http://phrmcyt. ms/f3KKH2.
Price: Free
Compatible with: Android
Download: http://phrmcyt.ms/e3ftxv

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