Drug References: Epocrates, Lexi-Comp, Micromedex

Epocrates

Epocrates has been my go-to drug guide since medical school. It has changed a lot since then, but remains the friendliest, fastest drug guide available. If you purchase the premium version, Epocrates Essentials, you receive additional apps including a medical calculator, point of care tables, alternative medicines, infectious disease guide, and a disease content section developed in conjunction with the British Medical Journal. Further, while Epocrates might have a free version, they do have a close relationship with pharma, as we have highlighted prior in an article: “Why free medical apps aren’t really free“.

Lexi-Comp
For the most detailed and complete drug information available you can’t go wrong with Lexi-Comp. This app really shines when I am on the wards and need more detail about a particular medication. Lexi-Comp doesn’t come cheap, but many institutions provide free access to Lexi-Comp for their providers so make sure to check with your medical librarian or hospital pharmacy. The complete version of Lexi-Comp includes multiple embedded apps including guides for toxicology, infectious disease, natural products, 5-minute clinical consult, and many others.

Micromedex
An outstanding and significantly cheaper alternative to Epocrates Essentials or Lexi-Comp is Micromedex. This app may be available to readers via institutional subscription, but can be obtained on its own for a small annual fee. Micromedex provides a similar level of detail as Lexi-Comp on issues such as pharmacokinetics that are missing from Epocrates. However, I find the user interface and graphics to be a step below the alternatives.


Epocrates

  • Price: Free for Epocrates Rx, $159.99/year for Epocrates Essentials
  • Find the app on iTunes and Google Play

Lexi-Comp

  • Price: $175/year Lexi-Comp Clinical Suite to $595/year Lexi-Comp Complete + Online
  • Find the app on iTunes and Google Play

Micromedex

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