Most read blog posts from last week (47)

Here’s a list of the top ten most read blog posts on this site from last week:

  1. Best iPhone / iPod Touch Applications for Pharmacists – The information in this post is dated, but still a good place to start looking. I really should update the information one of these days.
  2. The National Drug Code (NDC) is a gremlin in the works of pharmacy – Got a couple of helpful comments on this post.
  3. Moving storage around in the “cloud”
  4. Cool Technology for Pharmacy (June 18,2009 – Alaris Smartpumps) – Smartpumps continue to be a popular topic, and Alaris Smartpumps appear to be some of the most commonly discussed.
  5. The outlook for mobile apps in healthcare looks bright – This article was cross-posted at RxInformatics, where a friend and colleague of mine left a comment disagreeing with my opinion. Should be worth discussing the next time I see him.
  6. Automated unit-dose packagers for acute care pharmacy – A summary of available automated unit-dose packagers. At least the ones I could find.
  7. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Practice Fusion EMR – Practice Fusion is a great free, web-based EMR. I continue to be impressed with the functionality and features of the software.
  8. “What’d I miss?” – Week of November 14, 2010
  9. Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Sproxil – An interesting, but simple concept using text messaging to fight conterfeit medications.
  10. Using technology to advance pharmacy practice through education – Thoughts on the need for expanded automation, technology and informatics curriculum in schools of pharmacy.

First Impressions – Lenovo X201 Tablet PC

My Lenovo X201 Tablet finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a nice tablet PC, and I’m more convinced than ever before that I made the right decision by going with Lenovo.

I’ve used several different laptops and tablet PCs and can honestly say that I’ve never been more impressed with a machine, not HP, not Dell. I’m sure there are fans of both manufacturers, but that’s my personal opinion. Take it for what it’s worth.
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Cool Technology for Pharmacy – Sproxil

Counterfeit drugs are not only big business, they’re dangerous to consumers as well. Counterfeit medications have no quality assurance program, which means they can contain contaminants, sub-therapeutic levels of the active ingredient, the wrong active ingredient, or even no active ingredient at all. Thus they can cause more harm than good. While these medications can certainly cause problems here in the United States, it’s really the developing countries that are taking a beating.
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Don’t blame the turkey

I love Thanksgiving. It’s about being with family, watching a lot of football and trying to eat my body weight in Pumpkin pie; everyone needs a goal.

One of the most common things I hear around Thanksgiving time is that “turkey makes you sleepy”. When questioned about it people “in the know” say that it’s the tryptophan in the turkey that’s responsible for making everyone’s eyelids heavy. But is that true?

L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid found in various protein rich foods such as the traditional Thanksgiving meal, i.e. turkey. The body utilizes tryptophan to help make niacin and serotonin. And as we all know, serotonin is responsible for changes in mood and is thought to affect sleep.

But does that mean that the L-tryptophan in turkey makes us sleepy? Not necessarily. Most people say it will, but they’re simply repeating what they’ve heard. Truth be told, there’s no good evidence to suggest that L-tryptophan induces sleep. In fact, the evidence in the literature is inconclusive. So based on the lack of evidence don’t blame the turkey for your post Thanksgiving meal coma. Instead, stuff your face with great food, unbutton your pants, lay on the couch to watch the games on TV and let nature take its course.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy the time with family and friends.

The National Drug Code (NDC) is a gremlin in the works of pharmacy

The National Drug Code, or NDC number as it’s affectionately called in pharmacy, is a set of numbers used to uniquely identify “human drugs and biologicals“. Every pharmacist is familiar with the NDC number, but if you’re not it’s basically a  unique number assigned to each package of medication. It’s an 11 digit number in a 3-segment format, i.e. XXXXX-XXXX-XX.

The first segment consists of five digits and indicates the manufacturer of the drug. The second segment is four digits used to identify the medication and strength. And the final segment of two digits represents the package size.
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The outlook for mobile apps in healthcare looks bright

mobihealthnews: “The market opportunity for mobile apps in the healthcare enterprise is currently $100 million, according to a recent report from Chilmark Research. Because of the rapid evolution of mobile devices, physician demand, and the healthcare enterprise’s need to improve quality and efficiencies, the market will climb to $1.7 billion in three years time, Chilmark Research predicts.” – In case you missed it, that’s billion, with a “b”.
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“What’d I miss?” – Week of November 14, 2010

It’s been a weird week for me, people. I haven’t had much time to blog as things have been whirling past me at lightning speed. As with all things in this life some of it is good, while some of it is bad. The short of it is that I’ve left my post as IT Pharmacist at the hospital and am trying something a little bit new. Wish me luck.

On with the things that I found interesting this week.
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AirStrip OB now available for the Android OS

I first wrote about AirStrip Technologies back in December 2009. At the time all the AirStip applications were availble for the iOS. That’s all changed as the company recently announced that AirStrip OB is now available from the Android Market.
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