Review of the “MPR App” for “Apple, Android, and Amazon Apps”
MPR is the app version of the popular Monthly Prescribing Reference, a publication known for bite-size drug monographs on often-used prescription and OTC medications. This app is a go-to for comprehensive charts that consolidate many varied treatment options such as asthma inhalers and oral contraceptives. MPR includes a frequently-updated drug database, medication charts, commonly-used clinical calculators, and current medical news.
Clinicians may register for a free account or use the app without logging in. A user account means the app is updated each time the clinician signs in. Registration requires first and last name, country and state of residence, email address, password, and profession. NPI number may be added but is optional. Ads are included in the app but are generally at the bottom of the screen and fairly unobtrusive. Personal info may be shared with the publisher and its affiliates, but users may opt-out by sending an email to email@example.com.
One of the best features of MPR is the clinical charts. Charts may be accessed from the home screen and are organized according to disorder. Useful charts include Oral Contraceptives, which has the generic medications, brand names, progestin/estrogen dose, and activity and color of tablets in the pill pack. The chart on Asthma Treatments is also a personal favorite as it includes the drug and class, brand and generic names, strength, dosage form, and recommended dosage for adults and pediatric patients.
The MPR drug database is searchable from the dashboard on the home page. Drugs may be searched by either brand or generic name. By selecting the Drugs section from the dashboard, users may search for medications by condition also.
Each drug monograph contains information regarding medication class, how it’s supplied, indications and dosing for adults and children, contraindications, warnings/precautions, interactions, adverse effects, some pharmacokinetics, generic availability, and manufacturer info including address, phone number, and manufacturer’s website as well as a list of other drugs made by the company.
Generally, the drug information is good, but in some cases may be outdated. The dosing information for amoxicillin suspension for pediatric otitis media is inconsistent with the current American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation. Also, some drugs may be included in the database that are no longer available. Prinzide (lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide) is still listed which is nice for someone who wishes to lookup the information on the drug in its generic form, however, the brand name medication is no longer available. The app still lists Prinzide as a Merck product, but it’s not currently on the Merck site. It’s also not clear where any of the drug monograph information is derived.
MPR also features several clinical calculators. References and formulas are included in each calculator. Up-to-date medical news stories are also found in the app, both on the home screen and in a separate section to help keep abreast of recent developments as they occur. The news can be refreshed in the app and is kept current. Users can personalize the news feed according to medical specialties of interest; most of the news seems to be from third party sources like HealthDay News or company press releases. Neither of these features are good enough to replace other dedicated calculator or medical news apps.
Monthly Prescribing Reference has been a useful tool for clinicians for over 30 years. MPR app is a nice alternative to carrying the print publication in your lab coat pocket. The clinical charts do a great job of consolidating medications in areas where there are many treatment options. Lack of transparency of drug information and some outdated information make the app less trustworthy than it could be.
- Great charts for finding info on those common drugs that come in many options.
- To-the-point drug monographs
- Clinical calculators for commonly used medical calculations
- Some outdated information found in the app
- Unclear from the app or website how often the drug information is updated
- No information on the sources for the drug monographs
Overall, MPR is a good tool for the practicing clinician to have. It’s easy-to-use and offers comprehensive drug and medical info. It’s best use is with medications such as oral contraceptives where one generic may be offered in many different brand names or dosage forms. The only caution is to watch for potentially out-of-date information in some areas.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Easy to use and navigate.
- Multimedia Usage
Includes customizable medical newsfeed
- Real World Applicability
Charts, charts, charts! Quick, easy drug monographs, but watch for outdated info.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6s and iPad Air 2
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