iPharmacy Drug Guide app is mainly for patients but has some utility for providers

Purpose of App Review

To highlight the functionality of a pharmacy app for the Android platform.


iPharmacy Drug Guide can be used by all healthcare professionals as well as consumers — to a certain degree.

There are many options to choose from on the home screen of the app.

Many types of users will be able to find something useful to them here.

A few of the key resources to choose from are as follows:

  • My Med Reminder (for consumers)
  • Discount Card (for consumers)
  • Pill identifier (for both consumers and providers)
  • Drug Search (for both consumers and providers)
  • Medication Forums (a discussion community for consumers)
  • Recalls & Alerts (for consumers  and providers)
  • Pharmacies (pharmacy locator for consumers)

It is evident that there is much to be viewed and found in iPharmacy Drug Guide and finding the right information (whether the user is a professional or lay person) is easy due to the intuitive layout and categorized sections within the app.

User Interface

iPharmacy excels at providing users with familiar icons to describe the content within different sections of the app. Also, the heading of the sections are understandable and to-the-point. Aesthetically speaking, iPharmacy exemplifies a well organized and information-rich app.

Choosing any of the options on the home screen brings the user to deeper layers where data can be entered (e.g. medication reminder, pill identifier, drug search) or information can be read or learned (e.g. recalls and alerts, pharmacies nearby, medication forums).

Users of any level can enjoy the iPharmacy Drug Guide experience. It’s not too technical, nor is it too simple. The content-rich nature of the app allows users to get virtually any information on certain drug dosing/warnings/adverse reactions/etc. It also provides information on pharmacies in their area, comparative drug prices, user contributed discussion forums, and medication monographs or inserts.


drug info


my meds

pill ID


drug search


  • Free


  • The amount of information that is organized so well
  • Ability to share information found in the app via email and other file sharing applications on your device
  • The simple design and easy accessibility for all users


  • Information is not detailed enough for healthcare professionals to use as a dedicated monograph.  To be fair, this app is aimed more at the consumer market.


  • iPharmacy offers an easy interface for finding information about pharmacies, drugs, as well as pill identification
  • Users can share content found within the app via email and other mobile applications
  • Contains discussion forums for users to interact with a community on specific drugs, reactions, preferences, attitudes, etc.
  • Information pertinent for both healthcare professionals and consumer health

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4.75

  1. User Interface – 5
  2. Multimedia usage – 4 (no real need for this functionality)
  3. Price – 5
  4. Real world applicability – 5

Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)

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.


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4 Responses to iPharmacy Drug Guide app is mainly for patients but has some utility for providers

  1. Mark Silverberg / @Skram February 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Maybe I wasn’t looking in the right place but I can’t find information about where the data is coming from. A good UX is of course important but I know as someone in the health space that all literature is not created equally. Would like to see an emphasis on such for future app reviews.

    What do others think?

    • Iltifat Husain, MD February 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      if you look at our other app reviews you will notice this. when we do patient specific apps reviews almost every single one has a mention about literature or a lack of: http://www.imedicalapps.com/filter/?cat-app-type15=1514

    • Mark Silverberg / @Skram February 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

      I did actually download this app to find out the data source for the drug label information. It looks like it just says from the FDA meaning it’s probably scraped from the drug label SPL XML files. I’ve heard anecdotal reports that those are not necessarily vetted the same way other drug facts and monographs are.

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