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Assessment of Electronic Drug Information Research Availability in Alabama Pharmacies

Title
Assessment of Electronic Drug Information Research Availability in Alabama Pharmacies

Abstract
The two primary objectives of this study were to identify available electronic drug information (DI) resources in licensed Alabama pharmacies and to identify common electronic resources to teach in the doctor of pharmacy curriculum at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy. A survey consisting of 10 questions was mailed to all licensed medication-dispensing pharmacy practices in Alabama (N = 1,562), of which 699 (44%) were returned for analysis, primarily by community and hospital practices (78.8% and 10.7%, respectively). The survey identified type of pharmacy, demographics, and availability and usage of electronic DI resources. Drug Facts and Comparisons, Internet search engine, the Pharmacist’s Letter, and Clinical Pharmacology were the most available electronic DI resources (59.5%, 48.6%, 42.3%, and 31%, respectively) among responding pharmacies. Drug Facts and Comparisons was the most common print-based resource; Lexi-Comp and Epocrates were the most utilized handheld DI resources