Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Educational technology

App launched to help pharmacy undergraduates to learn about drugs

mobile-phone-app

Source: Shutterstock.com

New app helps pharmacy students learn about important drugs

A new app to support UK pharmacy undergraduates to learn about key drugs has been developed by a collaboration of 16 pharmacy schools.

The Pharmaquest app contains a database on 100 drugs, identified by academics at the schools as the most useful for pharmacy undergraduates to have a working knowledge of before starting their pre-registration year.

The database includes common indications, methods of action, chemical structure, side effects and points of interest on each drug and is presented in a card format to aid revision. The app can also generate random tests of the whole database or of a specific subsection so users can test their own knowledge and learning.

The app has been released on both Android and Apple platforms and comes in a limited version that is free to download. The free app contains information on 25 drugs and has limited functionality so users can try out the product before buying the full version, which costs £2.99.

David Wright, professor of pharmacy practice at the University of East Anglia, who initiated the project and managed the app’s development, said that the idea for the app was an innovation on drug cards previously introduced at UEA to better prepare graduates for their pre-registration year.

“We all recognise that the app only supports basic knowledge development but it will make graduates more confident when undertaking their pre-registration year and therefore enable them to focus more on meeting performance standards from the outset. We also think it will help them to better prepare for their pre-registration exam,” he said.

Working pharmacists can also use the app to check that their knowledge is still up to date, he added.

Development of the app was funded by an unrestricted education grant from Rosemont Pharmaceuticals.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20202441

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Supplementary images

  • mobile-phone-app

Jobs you might like

See more jobs

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.