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The Best Free Drug Reference Apps

Epocrates Rx  http://www.Epocrates.com One of the most widely used PDA drug databases. The free version has pill pictures and easy pill identification program. Includes dose calculator, selected formulary lists, and a robust drug-drug interaction checker. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are included, but herbals are only in the paid subscription version. Drugs are listed by generic, trade name, and class. Formularies can be  downloaded.

Medscape Mobile http://itunes.apple.com/app/medscape/id321367289?mt=8  Combination medical reference and drug database with over 7,000 prescription, over-the–counter, and herbal drugs. Robust drug-drug interaction checker supporting multiple entries. Drugs are listed by class with dosing interaction, side effect, pharmacology and cost information. There is no automatic drug dosing calculator or formulary information.  

Micromedex Drug Information http://truvenhealth.com/our-solutions/products/mobile2#alphaTab10  Extensive drug database with detailed information including Pharmacokinetics, monitoring, toxicology and clinical teaching pearls. There is no dosing calculator, formulary information or drug-drug interaction checker. 

Mobile PDR http://www.skyscape.com/mobilePDR/ Electronic version of the paper book published annually. Includes search function and pill pictures. There is no dosing calculator, herbal information, formulary information or drug-drug interaction checker This is available to practicing PA’s with a DEA or NPI number.

Skyscape RxDrugs and CheckRx http://www.skyscape.com/estore/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=1189 RxDrugs features drug information and CheckRx is a checklist of drugs to run an interaction profile. The program will tell you there are interactions but will not tell you the details of what happens. This requires an additional look-up in another reference.

Monthly Prescribing Reference-eMPR http://www.empr.com/physician-assistant-edition/section/1217/ Features over 4,000 drug monographs. Drugs are organized by body systems. Drug information is limited for fast look-up. There is a search tool, and some medical equations but no dose calculator, formulary information or drug-drug interaction checker. 

Shots Immunization Schedule from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine http://immunizationed.org/ShotsOnline.aspx  Graphic flowchart of the recommended immunization schedule from birth to adulthood. Includes catch-up plans and details about each vaccine and combinations. 

Fingertip Formulary http://www.fingertipformulary.com  Extensive drug formulary information listed by state. Extra drug monograph information for licensed providers.

Summary

Epocrates Rx-quickest dose look-up with dose calculator, formulary lists and drug-drug interaction checker, and best pill identification program.  Medscape Mobile-best interaction checker including herbals.

The most extensive drug information can be found in Micromedex, Medscape Mobile and RxDrugs. 

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