Drug Reference

MicroMedex

MicroMedex used to be our top choice for looking up drug monographs, but their lack of iPhone 5 support is frustrating.  The app will work on an iPhone 5, but the screen is not optimized for it.  We are still huge fans of their content, and favor how the content is presented above other competitors. With Micromedex you are always just a few clicks away from the content you need, and their toxicology and clinical teaching sections are invaluable. If Micromedex can finally create an iPhone 5 version, they will be the clear favorite for drug monograph information.

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iMA prior review: How to download premium Micromedex medical apps for free on your iPhone 
iTunes: Micromedex

Epocrates

Epocrates is always in play when you mention drug reference apps. We have been down on Epocrates multiple times in the past for their lack of updates and design — but over the past 6 months we’ve been impressed. Their revamped user interface is easy to use and getting drug information is quick. They have promptly rolled out updates for the iPhone 5, and their iPad app is optimized for the larger screen.

If you’ve given up on Epocrates in the past, as we did, they are worth another look. Obviously, the version we review in the video is the free one, the premium versions do more than looking up drug monographs.

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iMA prior review: Epocrates finally fights back, review of their iPad app
iTunes: Epocrates 

Monthly Prescribing Reference

This application is mentioned in our list because we’re still not sure why it’s so popular in the App Store. In the video, we go through some possibilities why this application might be appealing for some — but consider this a public service announcement — use the alternatives mentioned above.

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iTunes: Monthly Prescribing Reference