The Lange’s Top 300 Pharmacy Drug Cards app for 2014-2015 is one of many apps created by Usatine Media.

This app is an electronic version of the flashcard set and was developed to essentially replace the physical version.

The flashcard set has been a great resource for medical and pharmacy students to learn many of the most common medications used in the healthcare field.

User Interface

The app opens up to a list of all 300 drugs that are included in the text.

The drugs are listed in alphabetical order with the generic names listed first followed by the most common brand name.

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When a user selects a particular drug, the card for that medication is presented on a new screen. One great feature of this app is that it includes images of what the pills of each medication looks like, including how each different dose may look. The card then has the information that is included on the physical versions of the card.

There is also the option to add notes to each card; however, these notes are designated to a specific card and cannot be added next to any specific text within the card. There is also a feature that allows the user to mark cards as cards they Know or Don’t Know. The options that this app does not include are the ability to highlight or annotate within text which is essential to any textbook/flashcard type of app.

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Below is an example of notes that can be added to a specific card. Once a note is added, it can be saved and looked at from both the main screen as well as when the user is reviewing that specific card.

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The app also has a useful search function so the user can directly search for a medication they wish to study.

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The main screen also has a link to the bookmarked cards and notes. The bookmarked cards are sorted as cards the user knows or doesn’t know and can be a useful way to study.

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Price

  • $59.99

Likes

  • Images of pills for each medication
  • Ability to mark cards as Know or Don’t Know

Dislikes

  • Price
  • Cannot highlight or add notes to a specific part of the text

Healthcare workers that would benefit from the app

  • Medical, pharmacy, PA and nursing students could find this app useful.

Conclusion

  • This app should be considered for those who learn better using electronic versions of textbooks and flashcards. It should be noted, however, that because this is not a physical version, the functions of the app are limited such as the lack of highlighting and adding notes where the user pleases. The cost of the app is also more than the physical version.
  • Still, users who learn best with electronic sources and do not want to carry around the flashcards can benefit from using this app.

Type of Device used to review app–iPad 2
Version of App–2.0

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars) 3/5

  1. User Interface: 3.5 – Very easy to use and navigate. No feature to highlight text or annotate onto cards.
  2. Multimedia usage: 4 – Includes images of how each pill looks for every medication. The app also includes images of how different doses of the same medication looks.
  3. Price: 1 – Cost is $59.99 which is $10 more than the listed price on amazon.com
  4. Real world applicability: 3 – Can be used by some students as a replacement for the physical cards. The app may not work for some students who like to annotate and highlight parts of their cards.

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.