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The Best (Near) Free Medical Apps

Epocrates Rx The quickest drug database with: a drug interaction program, pill identification with pictures and descriptions, dosing calculator, formulary lists, and basic drug pharmacology. (The free version does not include herbals.) There is an option to buy a subscription for the integrated clinical content from the British Medical Journal Point of Care, as Epocrates Essentials. This is provided to Emory students without additional charge.

Diagnosaurus Wonderful e-book on differential diagnosis. Offers a quick and easy review to make sure you are thinking of all the possibilities. Over one thousand diagnosis listed by presenting symptoms, disease or body system. 

Skyscape The leader in medical e-books for smartphones and PDAs, with subscriptions for sale in every specialty. Emory students can receive a 25% discount at Drug references, guidelines, monographs, and calculators, including

  • Archimedes medical calculations
  • CheckRx drug interaction checker
  • Outlines in Clinical Medicine(OCM), a comprehensive, internal medicine resource
  • Rxdrugs drug reference and dosing calculator

Medscape Mobile Medical reference and drug database with over 7,000 prescription, over-the–counter, and herbal drugs. Feature include: drug interaction checker supporting multiple entries, dosing interaction, side effect, pharmacology and cost information; quick review disease section, clinical procedure and protocol section. CME offering using case presentations. 

Micromedex Drug Information Extensive drug database with detailed information including pharmacokinetics, monitoring, toxicology and patient education teaching pearls. 


  • Quickest drug dose lookup with best dose calculator – Epocrates Rx
  • Best drug lookup on a formulary – Epocrates Rx
  • Best pill identification by size and color – Epocrates Rx
  • Best disease reference –  Medscape
  • Best reference for disease and drug information including interactions (herbals included) – Medscape 
  • Most extensive drug information – Micromedex 
  • Best differential diagnosis review – Diagnosaurus

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