For those considering pharmacy as a career, currently in pharmacist school, or those working in the pharmacy field, Med Career News put together a list of Top 3 Blogs, Podcasts, News and Educational sites that you should be following!
Top 3 Pharmacist Blogs:
There are lots of pharmacist blogs out there, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that fits your needs. We picked these three diverse sites for their different approaches to the industry and the topic that they cover.
The Honest Apothecary is written by Jason Poquette, and covers the profession of pharmacy, pharmacy careers, pharmacy-related interviews, and more. The Honest Apothecary offers a candid look at the profession and covers more than just prescription drugs. Other topics include faith, leadership, OTC medications, and news and tells it like it is. Interviews with other pharmacy professionals also make for particularly interesting reads.
The Digital Apothecary is a great blog for those with an interest in technology and pharmacy. Recent topics include mHealth, wearable health devices, and hot pharmacy apps. If you aren’t high tech but are interested in learning more, fear not, this blog is written for technophobes and technophiles alike and covers all that you need to know about the latest and greatest in pharmacy tech.
The Independent Pharmacist site is designed a little outside the mainstream, but we included it to give you a better look into the realm of working for, or running, an independent pharmacy (not CVS or Walgreens). Whether you have questions about medications, insurance, compounding, doctors, or anything else related to pharmacy, this is your source for information. Tune in regularly for updates in pharmacy-related news.
Top 3 sites for Pharmacy and Education
For those still working towards becoming a pharmacist here are some sites for you:
Med Ed 101 is the place to go if you are looking for some free education. Case studies, board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) information, and other resources are plentiful and free. Here you can find tons of information including study guides and practice exams you can buy if you are trying to get ready for the BCPS, CGP, or NAPLEX exams. A diverse list of regular contributors and occasional guest posts help keep the content fresh.
The Pharmacist Blog is the a great resource if you are applying to pharmacy school and provides application tips. In addition to school-related topics, the blog also covers finances and goals. Among other things, prospective pharmacy students will find the PCAT and PTCB study material to be very helpful.
HelixTalk is a podcast, but we listed it here because its designed by pharmacy faculty from Rosalind Franklin University College of Pharmacy, and geared towards supplementing study material for students. In particular, the podcast focuses on the top 200 drugs and discusses indications for use, counseling points, adverse effects, and other clinical pearls. In addition, HelixTalk features professional topics incorporating up-to-date guidelines and evidence-based medicine in an easy to follow manner.
Top 3 Pharmacy Podcasts
If you are tired of reading or want something to listen to on your commute or on a road trip, check out these pharmacy podcasts.
The Pharmacy Podcast Show is hosted by Todd Eury, and covers a wide range of industry topics including: specialty medications, pharmacy business supportive technologies, and industry trends. The episodes are targeted to listeners with pharmacy businesses, as well as pharmacy students and customers with special content for each of these specific audiences. According to the website, the Pharmacy Podcast Show is “about dynamic people in the pharmacy industry making a difference for our profession.”
The Best Science (BS) Medicine podcast focuses on rational drug therapy. Podcasts are typically case-based and encourage participants to think critically about appropriate treatments. The podcasts are presented by Canadian pharmacist, James McCormack and, physician, Michael Allan. Recent podcasts covered topics were: antidotes to anticoagulants, new pharmacology studies, back pain, the top 20 medications, and continually offering puffer devices for COPD.
Medscape Pharmacists Podcast features expert physicians, professors, and pharmacists discussing relevant topics affecting the profession of pharmacy. From opioid abuse to antibiotic resistance, this podcast will be sure to provide information relevant to your studies. Additionally, Medscape provides more than 30 other specialty podcasts including cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, and many more.
Top 3 Pharmaceutical News Sites
As with any medical industry the world of pharmaceutical is always changing quickly. As a student or a professional in the field its important to stay up to date on the latest FDA approvals, corporate mergers and new breakthroughs. In addition to Med Career News, here are some other pharma news site to check out.
Pharmacy Times provides clinically based, practical and professional information pharmacists can use in their everyday practice. They cover a wide range of topics including medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and health-system pharmacy. They also have the Pharmacy Times Continuing Education section, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Eye on FDA: Get the latest pharmaceutical news and information as it relates to the Food and Drug Administration’s impact and relationship with pharmaceuticals and the companies that produce them. This site offer both a breadth and depth of thought and experience when it comes to the approval and marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, particularly as related to their regulation by the FDA. It also provides convenient links to the FDA website so that you don’t have to go digging through that huge space to find what you are looking for.
Fierce Pharma provide daily updates related to big pharmaceutical companies and their products, FDA decisions, patents, pharmaceutical marketing, generic drugs, and other pharma news. They also have a PharmaAsia section if you are interested in a more global view of the industry.