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Elmutaz Belah Mohammed, Bijin Kurian, Mohammed Elfatih Ali, Solomon Regi, D. Raja Department of Pharmacy Practice, JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India.



The term drug information was developed in the early 1960s, the first DIC was established at the University of Kentucky in 1962, and the Center was established to act as a source of selected, comprehensive drug information for staff physicians and dentists.  Now a day the easy accessibility of unregulated health information over the internet may prevent healthcare professionals from using DIC and may result in potentially misinformed consumes. The possible reason may be many are not considering sending a formal letter to DIC when they are in need of information. More over the time bound functioning status of DIC also adds to the limitation. The possible solution to these problems would be taking the DIC to their close proximity, where comes the concept of developing Smart Phone APP.

Aim & Objectives

The proposed work is to develop and evaluate an android mobile application for Drug and Poison Information Center (DIC) functioning at Government Headquarters Hospital Ooty, The Nilgiris District, Tamilnadu.


Study Period:  August 2016 to March 2017

Study Site: Drug and Poison Information Center, Govt. District Head Quarters                

                     Hospital, a 420 bedded secondary care hospital.

The work is focused to Develop, Implement, Evaluate and Launch the developed Android App for Drug and Poison Information Services.


Developments in information technology have improved our ability to store and access the vast amount of drug information. Many of the databases available online are expensive and may not be affordable for individual physician, pharmacists or any healthcare professionals (HCP).  Drug information resources available online are not peer-reviewed and the information contained in them needs to be carefully evaluated. Further DIC focus on evidence based medicine in any time needed by the HCP, which integrates current clinical research evidence with pathophysiologic rationale, professional expertise and patient preferences.


A drug and poison information service through App can make a positive impact on public health by providing easy access and immediate response to HCP.




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