Which mobile drug reference tool (or “app”) should I use?

Micromedex, Medscape, Epocrates, Lexicomp

Icons for major drug reference apps: Micromedex, Medscape, Epocrates, Lexicomp

Trick question! You should have *multiple* apps, especially since so many are free, and different databases have different strong points. For better or worse, you also get different information from each, especially regarding drug interactions, so it can be helpful to get a 3rd or 4th opinion if you’re unsure of the significance of a potential interaction.

In this article, I will cover which tools I think are essential, which I think is “the best” (if you can afford it or have institutional access!), and some pros/cons of each of these excellent apps.  My “Essential” and “Best” picks may surprise you! [Read more…]