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What to look for in pharmacokinetic software

This checklist appeared in an article by Neil Massoud, PharmD in the January/February 1994 issue of "ComputerTalk for Pharmacists".

A good pharmacokinetic program should:

  • Provide fail-safes, such as checks on age and weight, lab values, etc.
  • Check against standard kinetics values and warn of +/- 2 standard deviations from the norm.
  • Have storage capability to view what you did the day before or when the patient was in the ICU versus stabilized.
  • Allow appropriate equation flexibility for all ages.
  • Offer compatiblity with numerous printers.
  • Be easy to learn and use.
  • Be capable of doing steady-state as well as non-steady state.
  • Perform Bayesian analysis.
  • Change parameters according to renal- or liver function.
  • Feel right, in your clinical judgement.
   

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