Micromedex Drug Interactions app is a helpful tool to identify possible medication interactions

App Reviewed: Micromedex Drug Interactions (Ver. 1.44.0)

Purpose of App Review:

  • Review ease of use of app in comparing possible interactions between medications
  • Determine ability of app in discerning what are possible interactions for medications

Introduction:

Drug interactions is a common questions that comes up when prescribing and dispensing medications.

 

Will this drug interact with this drug? What is the interaction? Is it something to worry about? What do I tell my patient?

One issue for a lot of health care providers is alert overload where warnings just wear down the prescriber. As a pharmacist, this becomes an issue as well.

These alerts, though, do not capture everything and sometimes we want more information. With the advent of mobile devices, this has become a less complicated affair. Micromedex currently has a stand-alone drug interaction checker available on the iOS and Android devices based upon their Micromedex 2.0 system.

User Interface:

Upon launching the app, the user is brought to a simple to use screen where there is an alphabetical list of medications.


The user then selects medications that they wish to check interactions for, and these then populate the field below.


Then, the user can view interactions found. Interactions are then listed, and detailed by category (e.g. major, moderate).


Each interaction can be further chosen, and given details on what the interaction effect is, the clinical management of the interaction, and possible mechanisms.


Users can also just choose a single agent and see what possible interactions exist for that medication.


Overall, the app is very straightforward and easy to use getting the user they information they need as quick as possible.

Price:

  • $9.99 Annual Subscription
  • Free for users whose institution is subscribed to Micromedex 2.0 (as seen in our how-to review)

Likes:

  • Very easy to utilize user interface and easy to understand for newcomers
  • Details what issues may be present along with evidence of interactions
  • The app works very fast in checking possible interactions and is easy to use and navigate

Dislikes:

  • Some delay in checking compatibility with multiple items
  • The UI could use more color or font changes to draw readers to key sections

Healthcare providers that would benefit from app:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Hospitalists

Conclusion:

  • Micromedex Drug Interaction app is a straightforward mobile reference for healthcare practitioners working with medications on a daily basis. This app can help identify and manage potential issues that may come up in daily practice. The app is easy to use. However, it is very text heavy at times and could be split up easier for reading.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

Rating:  4.5 (out of 5)
1. User Interface – 4
2. Multimedia usage – N/A
3. Price – 5
4. Real world applicability – 5

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App Specifics:
Last Updated: December 17, 2012
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (Universal), or Android Devices
Requires: iOS 3.0 or later, Android 2.2 or up
Reviewed on:  iPad 2

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Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.

Author:

Timothy Aungst, PharmD

Digital Pharmacist seeking to integrate technology and mHealth into pharmacy practice and patient care. Assistant Professor by day, blogger and writer by night.

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2 Responses to Micromedex Drug Interactions app is a helpful tool to identify possible medication interactions

  1. Benjamin Chinoko April 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    I want to subscribe the micromedex system for use in my undergraduate research, how can I do it

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