Health App Wrap

Pharmacy TimesMarch 2013 Central Nervous System
Volume 79
Issue 3

Our guide to the latest mobile health apps, including Pharmacy Times OTC Guide and apps for pharmacy techs studying for certification, disease detectives, allergy forecasts, and clinical trials.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Prep

Pharmacy Technician Certification Prep provides an on-the-go study for pharmacy technicians as they study for their certification exam. It is designed for iPad and iPhone.

The application offers a study mode where technicians can practice their skills at their own pace. Technicians can select any number of questions to study, save their progress, and resume as soon as it is convenient. Explanations accompany each answer to provide instant feedback. Incorrect answers are logged and integrated into a “Weak Areas” portion of the app, so technicians can target their specific weaknesses. A bookmarking feature allows users to save questions for further review and remove them after mastering the content.

In addition to its study mode, Pharmacy Technician Certification Prep offers a test mode that allows technicians to set time and question restraints and review test results upon completion. A running timer and progress bar allow technicians to monitor their work. Technicians can also save simulation tests to complete them later, resuming where they left off.

Test reports include a score and users have the option to individually review each response or to review incorrect answers all at once. The app records the status of all practice tests to create a learning log that assists in determining learning progress.



Compatible with: iPhone, iPad Download:

Solve The Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control offers a glimpse into the world of disease detectives with Solve the Outbreak, an app encouraging users to find the cause of a disease outbreak. Users will think like an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and follow a series of clues to find the outbreak source. Users earn points for each answer, which relates to their actions—whether those actions include interviewing sick patients or quarantining an area. As they progress through the game, users receive badges based on their efforts, while learning about diseases and outbreaks.

Price: Free

Compatible with: iPad


WebMD Allergy

WebMD Allergy helps patients prepare for the season with personalized allergy and weather forecasts and doctor-approved management tips. The app includes 130 tips, 193 articles, 12 videos, 15 slideshows, and 36 quizzes, and covers outdoor, indoor, food, skin, drug, insect, and latex allergies. It can be customized to individual needs and allows custom profiles for multiple users. The 3 sections include an Allergy Forecast that is based on location, a list of articles, slideshows and videos, and a 3-day weather forecast.

Price: Free

Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad



cTrials searches clinical trials listed by the National Library of Medicine on, allowing users to stay up-to-date on study recruitment for various conditions. The app incorporates all features of the National Library of Medicine website, and can locate studies being conducted in all 50 states and in 182 countries. In addition, it allows users to access and find open, closed, or upcoming studies and trials in their area.

Price: Free

Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices

Download: iTunes:; Android:

OTC Guide

Pharmacy Times’ annual supplement on OTC treatments comes to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, bringing content from the printed page to pharmacists’ fingertips. The app includes the results of Pharmacy Times’ Survey of Pharmacists’ OTC Recommendations, and is broken down into 14 condition categories covering key health issues. The app allows users to find the products Pharmacy Times’ readers most frequently recommend to their patients, and is updated with survey results for 2012.

Price: Free

Compatible with: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch


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