Use of Computer Software’s and Databases in different fields of Pharmacy: A meta-analysis
Objective: To present an overview of different software’s and data bases being used in various fields of pharmacy along with their effect and achievements.
Methodology: We conducted a systematic review of the published literature on the use of different computer software’s in the field of pharmaceutical sciences using SciFinder and Google Scholar and exploring different database sites for information. The sites were searched for articles published from 2001 up to 2016 demonstrating the use of computer assisted technologies being utilized in various subjects of Pharmacy. A total of 60 studies meeting our criteria were further analyzed to examine relationship between computer applications and pharmacy. Among these 5 belonged to each subject-Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Clinical Pharmacy, Industrial Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Research. Besides few data bases that are widely used in Pharmaceutical sciences were also discussed.
Conclusion: The frequent use of computers could be visualized in almost every walk of the field that established the role of computer technology with the passage of time in almost every branch of Pharmaceutical Sciences allowing transformation of older methodologies and paving the way for innovation.