Epocrates has been my go-to drug guide since medical school. It has changed a lot since then, but remains one of the friendliest, fastest drug guides available. If you simply want a free drug guide, Epocrates remains an excellent option as does the recently reviewed Drugs.com app. Here on iMedicalApps we reviewed Epocrates alternatives as well.
But what about evidence based medicine when prescribing to our patients, or the latest developments in drug therapy? Drug dosing medical apps do not typically discuss evidence based medicine or the latest developments, but rather what is approved by the FDA and other regulatory authorities. Previously, we discussed the push for academic detailing, that later became RxFiles which is available as a website, pocketbook, large table book and mobile apps. Recently, they launched RxFiles + which combines access to their website along with their mobile apps.
Alternatives to RxFiles based in the US include the Prescriber’s Letter and the Medical Letter.
We recently reviewed the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database medical app, an outstanding natural medicine/supplement app. The website and medical app are produced by the Therapeutics Research company who make a number of outstanding products including the Pharmacist’s Letter and the Prescriber’s Letter.
The Prescriber’s Letter, like the Natural Medicine’s Comprehensive Database, includes both an extensive website of content and a companion medical app included together as part of the subscription. The Prescriber’s Letter consists of a monthly newsletter on developments in drug therapy, disease specific content, numerous charts and tables on therapeutics, CME offerings, and at different subscription/optional levels, live webinars, journal club, etc. Most importantly, the Prescriber’s Letter takes NO money from advertisers or the pharmaceutical industry so their recommendations if not based solely on the evidence are expert opinion without any drug company bias.
Evidence based medicine
The Prescriber’s Letter medical app contains the latest information on drug therapy with evidence based recommendations whenever possible. The medical app is well referenced with online and offline Detail Documents that review the current literature. The Prescriber’s Letter app offers CME that the AAFP recognizes as “evidence based” for double credit. Platinum level subscribers can even tune-in to live or recorded discussions of the editors as they make recommendations for the monthly newsletter. The medical app and companion website contain innumerable charts, tables and documents to help primary care and specialists with simple as well as complicated medical decisions.
What providers would benefit from the Prescriber’s Letter app?
Students, nurses, PA, NP, Primary Care physicians, and any provider who prescribes medications to patients.
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- $129/year Gold level and $189/year Platinum. Higher level includes unlimited access to live CME/webinars.
- Unbiased, evidence based content that is frequently updated (at least monthly).
- Free CME that populates into your national account (for Family Medicine).
- Subscription includes access to all website content.
- Medical App still works offline with most content.
- Available for Android.
- Not all content is available “offline” on the app.
- Interface could be more modern.
- Subscription fee may be too steep for some.
The Prescriber’s Letter is an indispensable guide to the latest and greatest information in the world of medical therapeutics and Big Pharma with abundant information on safety and evidence based medicine. The medical app truly is unbiased and includes “gotta read” monthly newsletters and practical medical information spanning almost any and every topic in primary care. The drug reference app can be used both for hunting and foraging in the evidence based medicine world which makes it invaluable.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Simple to use interface with abundant content available offline; can read the latest newsletters or search by category/disease.
- Multimedia Usage
The app is updatable with new information added monthly plus helpful calculators built-in.
Reasonably priced as the subscription packages give access to the mobile app and website.
- Real World Applicability
This is a must have app for primary care providers. The combination of the latest medical news on therapeutics, free CME, and abundant on/off line content makes this app a winner. Providers (especially specialists) may also want to consider the Medical Letter as a worthy alternative. This is an app that you will look forward to using every time you open up. This is a service I have used since 1998 and plan to continue for many more years.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 9.3.1
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