Pharmaceutical informatics - Theory


Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2022-2023

Course director

  • Dr. Lajos BOTZ

    Department of Pharmaceutics and University Pharmacy

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 12 hours

practices: 0 hours

seminars: 0 hours

total of: 12 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OPG-SIE-T
  • 1 kredit
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy modul
  • autumn

OPG-U3E-T completed , OPG-SIG-T parallel

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 50


During the semester the students will become familiar with the basics of personal computer and network systems in general and with the specifications of pharmaceutical informatics, such as the development and stages of pharmacy informatics, principles of pharmacy software. Also the different software types and drug dispensing rules used in pharmacies are introduced in this semester. The basic knowledge of drug interactions and the available techniques and databases for screening interactions in everyday practice is also an emphasized topic. After acquiring the principles of informatics and pharmaceutical informatics the students will be able to synthesize the elements and understand the functions of pharmacy information management systems. Even the possibilities and threats of online drug marketing and the capability of finding relevant and authentic pharmaceutical information on the web is the objective of this course.


  • 1. Personal computer and network system fundamentals 1. - Dr. Vida Róbert György
  • 2. Personal computer and network system fundamentals 2. - Dr. Vida Róbert György
  • 3. Database systems, IT and search engines 1. - Dr. Vida Róbert György
  • 4. Database systems, IT and search engines 2. - Dr. Vida Róbert György
  • 5. Drug interactions, Drug interaction databases 1. - Dr. Somogyi-Végh Anna
  • 6. Drug interactions, Drug interaction databases 2. - Dr. Somogyi-Végh Anna
  • 7. Midterm test - Dr. Fittler András Tamás
  • 8. Drug interactions, Drug interaction databases 3. - Dr. Somogyi-Végh Anna
  • 9. Drug interactions, Drug interaction databases 4. - Dr. Somogyi-Végh Anna
  • 10. Pharmaceutical Information Management Systems 1. - Dr. Fittler András Tamás
  • 11. Pharmaceutical Information Management Systems 2. - Dr. Fittler András Tamás
  • 12. End-of-the term test - Dr. Fittler András Tamás



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department

List of study aids to acquire curriculum (books, notes, other) and all presentations can be downloaded from Neptun MeetStreet.


Recommended literature

Ed. R. Fisher: Information Technology for Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Press
Brent I. Fox, Margaret R. Thrower, Bill G. Felkey: Building Core Competencies in Pharmacy Informatics, American Pharmacists Association, 2010

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Acceptance of term/semester:
- Regular attendance of classes
- Assignments given in class should be carried out during term-time and,
- Written mid-term and end-of-the term test. Passing the midterm test is not obligatory; however advisable as you will likely have better results during the exam and a good practical grade for the course. There is a retake opportunity only for the end-of-the term test.

Mid-term exams

End-of-the-term test is at the regular time of lectures. The test will be on the whole semester’s curriculum. Additional questions can be included in the end-of-the-term test, if the student has not carried out an assignment during the semester or in case of unsuccessful midterm test.
In case of unsuccessful or missed end-of-the term test, a retake opportunity is granted to make up during the last week of the semester.
Assessment of the student performance is carried out according to a five-grade scale: 100-86,1% -excellent (5); 86-77,1% -good (4); 77-68,1% -satisfactory (3); 68-60,1% -pass (2); and below 60,0% -fail (1) respectively.

Making up for missed classes

Retake opportunity is possible following personal discussion for the end-of-the term test.

Exam topics/questions

In case of Pharmaceutical Informatics there is mid-semester grade for both the theory and practice part, based on the topics discussed. PharmInfo practical course grade is based upon the completion of the given assignments, individual/group tasks and the mid-term test. Theory grade for Pharm. Informatics is based on the end-of-the-term test (or it’s retake) result. Additional dates for retake are offered during the fist two weeks of the exam period.


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars