One of the most confusing areas of medicine for medical students and interns to grasp is pharmacology.
There are a number of useful apps such as TRC pharmacology which make this learning process easier.
Now there is a new app called Student Formulary from developer Ben Hamilton which aims to alleviate this process by providing a fast reference of 120 commonly prescribed medications with concise summaries for each drug including:
- Unique attributes
This app is based on guidelines from the British Pharmacological Society (with whom the developer is not affiliated) and designed to be used at the point of care by junior doctors and medical students. All the information stored in the app is offline which allows access on even the most inaccessible ward round.
The information provided with each drug is generally quite useful and concise. The Summary page contains a paragraph with potential interactions, uses and indications, as well as the particular medical system in which the drug is used.
It is possible to find drugs using either the individual drug name or, alternatively, the system which the drug is used in. The fact that there are only 120 drugs does not detract from the fact that these are the most commonly used drugs and therefore, this app is quite useful.
There are a number of issues which may limit the use of this app in day to day clinical use. Perhaps the most important issue is the lack of dosing information which seriously limits the clinical utility of this app. Despite this, medical students and junior doctors will find this app useful when trying to remember first principles. One of the other issues that users may encounter is the use of generic names instead of brand/trade names.
- Student Formulary app is free
- Mechanisms of drugs
- 120 common drugs
- Lack of dosing information
- Use of generic names
- Student Formulary is a useful app for medical students, although, the lack of dosing means that it is perhaps more useful for those at the beginning of medical school. More advanced medical students may find that other drug pharmacology apps offer more than Student Formulary can. However, since it is free, this app is a useful addition to any medical student’s repertoire.
Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 3/5
- User interface – 4
- Multimedia usage – 3
- Price – 5
- Real world applicability -2
Ed Note: This review was updated after publication to reflect that the developer is not affiliated with British Pharmacological Society.