10 Apps that every Pharma Professional should have in their smartphones

Authors: Dr. Amrit Karmarkar and Prashant Bhatt


“The adoption rate of mobile is twice that of the internet, three times that of social media, and 10 times faster than PCs”


Smart-phones have been with us since 2006. A smart-phone is a device that is a combination of a mobile, a computer, a watch and a tv. It is a product that makes up the work of 10 different electrical appliances. It works as an essential device and has made the function of our day to day work extremely helpful. They are the devices that have created a variety of fields of works and job opportunities. Applications are a module where the functions and commands are run in order to give an outcome/result. Smartphones are a huge necessity in today’s era, especially for students as it provides the worlds information on the fingertips in a matter of a very small time-frame. Since its inception this electronic product has been used extremely. In India smart phones have been used since approximately 2008 it has been utilized vastly. There were three types of smartphones i.e. android, ios and windows. Due to the consistent increase and improvement in android and ios, windows has been out of the market.



Man using mobile apps for productivity

Students of this country have a the most consumption of smartphones and internet usage hence it is one of the most widest used commodities. It is nowadays present with almost every student that is in the class 7 all the way upto PhD.


In the scientific field smartphones are a boon as it provide the information almost of a library at times even more so. In the pharma field there are various applications that are utilized that help us in order to study, research and explore. It is so helpful that at times the concepts that if aren’t understood during the classes and lectures can be learnt over the internet. The applications apart from social networking sites every pharma students must have in their cell phone are:


1. Medscape

Medscape provides fast and accurate clinical answers at the point-of-care and is the leading medical resource for physicians, medical students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.


Using Medscape Consult, physicians can access a community of more than 250K physicians worldwide to share cases, ask questions, and benefit from their knowledge and diverse experiences. Discuss clinical challenges and crowdsource the answers in a 24/7 moderated environment.


2. Pharma Guide MCQs

Pharma Guide is a basic and clinical Pharmacology book developed by Pharmacist Dhshan Hassan Dhshan since 2011.

MCQs are taken from reference books such as

  • Pharmacology (12th & 14th editions) PreTest Self-Assessment and Review

  • Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology (6th Edition)

  • Katzung & Trevor’s Pharmacology Examination & Board Review 11th Edition.

  • Pharmacology Test Prep; Mario Babbini and Mary Thomas, 2015 Edition.

This app is helpful for Medical students; for faculty exams and Postgraduate students; for evaluation exams (such as; USMLE, NAPLEX, FPGEE, PEBC, APEC and others)


3. Drugs Dictionary Offline

Drug Dictionary is a medical hand book that provides all information about drugs used for medication: uses, dosage, how to take, side effects, precautions, drug interactions, missed dose and storage.


4. GMP Regulation References

eGMP- A handy tool for worldwide Pharmaceutical professionals summarizing global cGMP in one place to help:


As a quick reference for professionals on the fly.

  • Aid regulatory/corporate QA/Compliance auditors during site audits.

  • Tool for GMP Trainers.

  • Ease of mobility with GMPs available on phone/tablet.

  • Powerful tool during quality, regulatory, patient safety related brainstorming and decision making sessions.

  • In accurate quoting of specific GMP sections.

  • Promote regular referencing of GMP's thus increasing cGMP awareness.

5. Pocket ICH GCP

Pocket ICH-GCP is a light-weight and handy GCP (Good Clinical Practice) manual, optimized for smartphones and tablet screens, to provide the most convenient reading experience. It offers an easy and convenient way of navigating through the whole ICH-GCP manual.

Features:

  1. Includes the most recent addendum dated 09 Nov 2016, and clearly marked by the “addendum” title and a frame.

  2. ICH-GCP sections are listed as buttons in the Index home screen, making it very easy for the user to jump to the desired section.

  3. Essential Documents tables are represented as collapsible buttons in a way that helps the user to quickly take a note of the filing location, as well as the purpose of each document.

  4. Each time you open Pocket ICH-GCP, it keeps a track of your previously viewed screens to help you navigate back by simply by tapping on your Android back button. This browsing history will be cleared automatically once you close the App.

  5. Fully offline and does not require any specific permission, which ensures keeping it fast and handy all the times. NOTE: You may asked to provide internet access permission, this is because Pocket ICH-GCP includes a link to www.ich.org .

  6. Direct links to the original ICH-GCP E6(R2) PDF file, as well as the ICH website.


6. Clinical Trials Companion

Clinical Trials Companion is an app that focuses in solving 4 different common problems in clinical trials engagement.

  1. It helps keep tracking of a personal journal where the patient can add entries with a brief title and a full description, the app automatically handles date and time so they can be reviewed and edited at any time.

  2. Searching for a place to rest and eat when traveling; the app makes use of the Foursquare API in order to get the best places of a given location showing the user the address and phone of each establishment.

  3. Learning and researching about conditions, the app consumes data directly from ClinicalTrials.gov database and shows detailed data about each trial. You can also bookmark the ones you are interested for to review at a later time.

  4. Scheduling appointments

7. GLP Regs

This application provides an offline database of the US Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 Part 58 (21 CRF Part 58) for Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for nonclinical laboratory studies. The application provides the full text of the regulations current as as 1 April 2015 and selected sections of the regulations can be shared by email from the app.


8. FDA Regulations

This app contains the full content of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food, Medical Device and Drug GMP Regulations.


The FDA Food, Drug, and Medical Device regulations are split up by section, click on a section to expand that specific section. Click again to hide. Each section also contains a link to the FDA website which contains the regulation so you can verify that it is up to date.

The FDA regulations are stored on your device and don't require an internet connection to access. This app is a useful for auditors and as a general reference, just keep your phone handy instead of carrying around a reference book.


If you are looking out for Medical Devices Regulations, then Medical Device Regulations: Software eCPR will be of great help to you


9. OB Express 2.0

With FDA’s Orange Book Express app, it’s now faster and easier to find information about:

  1. Drug products approved on the basis of safety and effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  2. Information about patents and exclusivity

10. ICD 10 Code and Disease (Best app for medical coding)

The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification abbreviated term ICD-10-CM is a system used by physicians and other healthcare providers to classify and code all diagnoses, symptoms and procedures recorded in conjunction with hospital care in the United States. ICD 10 Code helps to capture more data about sings, symptoms,risk factors and comorbidites to better describe the clinical issue overall. It also enables the US to exchange information across country borders.


Key features of this app include:


  1. Search ICD-10 code by disease

  2. Direct ICD 10 Code Lookup

  3. Search By Includes, Excludes, Inclusion Terrms

  4. Get Back trace Index (Reverse Index Lookup) for easy coding

  5. Get Coding Rules

  6. Categorized By CCS, MDC, DRG and NYU-ED

  7. Get ICD 10 Code Associated Health Topics

  8. ICD 10 Term Definition

  9. Know at-a-glance if a code is billable or Not

  10. Instant linkage within code descriptions ,Excludes,Includes

  11. ICD-10 tabular and alphabetical indexes

  12. Get Code Associated SNOMed Terms

  13. Search and browse all ICD chapters

  14. Search and browse all ICD Sections

  15. Search and browse all ICD categories

In conclusion, apps have made our lives easier and better. So why are you waiting?

Wish you Happy Learning !

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