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Table 4 Drug Reference Applications

From: A Systematic Review of Healthcare Applications for Smartphones

Application Version (price) Platforms Description Functions
Skyscape’sRxDrugsURL21[39] 1.1 (free) Android, BlackBerry,iOS An application that providesdosing guidelines for drugs. Includes thousands of brand-name and genericdrugs and dosages; drug-drug interactions withmulti-drug analyzer tool; access medications byindication, pharmacologic class or by generic orU.S. or Canadian brand name; integratedweight-based drug dosing calculators.
Epocrates URL22[11, 39, 40, 43, 50, 51, 53] 3.18 (free) Palm OS, WindowsMobile, iOS,BlackBerry, Android A drug database application thatis part of Epocrates Rx, which is afree product. Provides clinical information on thousands ofprescription medicines; formulary information;identify pills by entering physical characteristicsand imprint code; multi-drug interaction checker.
Medscape URL23[39] 2.4.1 (free) iOS, BlackBerry,Android A drug reference applicationfor smartphones. Includes comprehensive drug reference, druginteraction checker, disease and conditionreference and treatment guide, proceduresreference, daily medical news and alerts,physician, pharmacies, and hospital directories.
SafeMedPocket URL24[52] 2.0 Windows Mobile An application that providesaccess to data on allpharmaceuticals that are soldin Sweden. Contains drug listings from the FASS(an encyclopedia that is equivalent to AmericanPhysician’s Desk Reference, containing detailedinformation of the medicines that are licensed forsale in Sweden), ICD-10 codes, medical literature,and pharmaceuticals interactions.
FDA Drugs URL25[39] 1.8 ($2.99) iOS A tool that provides authoritativeinfo for FDAc drug approvals. Includes 16,466 approvals for 25,881 drug productssince 1939; free monthly updates; search genericdrugs for brand name drugs and vice versa; searchdrug name and active ingredient; covers all drugsfrom the Orange Book; strength, manufacturer,FDAc approval date, package inserts(description, clinical pharmacology, etc.). URL26[39] 2.0 ($19.99) iOS, WindowsMobile, Android,Palm OS A smartphone version of FrankShann’s booklet on drug dosagesfor children and adult. Contains more than 2000 drug dosages for bothchildren and adults; search by drug name; integratesPedCalc (pediatric score and formula calculator) andresuscitation dose calculator for children.
  1. This table presents the version, platforms, a short description, and a list of functions of the six drug reference applications for healthcare professionals.
  2. d FDA: Food and Drug Administration.
  3. Website URLs:
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