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App of the Month

https://saskhealthauthority.libguides.com/mobile/appofthemonth

To keep you updated on the go, we highlight a free medical app each month!

About App of the Month

Librarian reviewers from Saskatchewan Health Authority and Alberta Health Services consider the audience and purpose of the apps, as well as highlighting additional features:

  • In the ‘Evidence’ section, we assess how easily the user can identify the app’s currency and support from the evidence
  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

Our complete grading criteria is embedded in the review.

Note: Reviewers are not healthcare professionals and don't appraise the quality of any recommendations within the app. Reviews are not meant as endorsements.

Drugs.com Medication Guide

Drugs.com Medication Guide

Version reviewed

Version 2.12.1 – Google Pixel 2
Version 2.10.0 – iPad & iPhone

Device & OS used

Android: 1.0.13; iPad Air iOS: 14.7

Date of review

July 22, 2021

Reviewers

Xurong (Rachel) Zhao (AHS)
Mark Mueller (SHA)

Technician Support Scott Frick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Source: Drugs.com Medication Guide, Apple App Store. Retrieved on Aug 17,2021 from: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drugs-com-medication-guide/id599471042

Stated Purpose

The easiest way to lookup drug information, identify pills, check interactions and set up your own personal medication records. All mobile-optimized to speed up your browsing experience.” (2,3)

Features

N/A

Screenshots

    

Image Source: Drugs.com Medication Guide, Apple App Store. Retrieved on Aug 17, 2021 from:  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drugs-com-medication-guide/id599471042

Specialties/Disciplines

For healthcare professionals in general. No specific specialties were identified.

All medical, health, and allied health professions. This app may also be used by patients and lay people as it contains consumer health content.

Notes

None

Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

Some entries contain the reviewers’ names and credentials. The app has an “Editorial Policy” section where information about individual members of the editorial team can be found. Links are provided for the LinkedIn accounts for only a few members of the editorial team. The Drugs.com Drug Information Database is powered by several independent leading medical-information suppliers, including; American Society of Health-System PharmacistsCerner Multum and IBM Watson Micromedex. Individual drug (or drug-class) content compiled by these sources is peer reviewed and delivered by Drugs.com.

Drugs.com also publishes health content from other sources such as Harvard Health Publications, Mayo Clinic, and Animalytics. The app contains a Terms and Conditions section, but there is no specific mention of “conflict of interest”. No grading systems are mentioned. Entry clearly dated for the drug monographs only.

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

Some entries contain the reviewer’s names and their credentials. Some entries are marked as “Medically reviewed” by Drugs.com and the term “Medically reviewed” linked to the editorial team. Some editorial team members have the links to their LinkedIn profiles. Some editorial team members have their affiliation information listed. Entries for professionals include a citation list. The FDA Monographs have no external links to the original information on the US Food and Drug Administration website.

Organization of information

The home screen displays 15 options for users to select and browse.  There is also a search feature at the top of the home screen.

Navigation

The organization of the app is pretty straightforward and easy to navigate.

Extras

User Account required: Yes

Internet connection required for use: Yes

Text search field: Yes

Browsable content: Yes

Advertisements: Yes

Pop-up advertisements: No

In-app purchases: Yes

 

 

Devices 

Compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPad Air, iPod touch, Mac; iPad, iPhone, iPad Air & iPod Touch require iOS 12.0 or later, Mac requires OS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/drugs-com-medication-guide/id599471042                                                        
Last updated (as per App store listing): June 22, 2021

Requires Android 5.0 and up. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drugscom.app                                   
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): June16, 2021

Size

42.1 MB iPhone (Apple)
17 MB (Android)

App Developer

Drugs.com

Country of Origin

New Zealand

Contact

Drugsite Trust – Corporate Office
25 Apollo Drive, Suite A
North Shore
Auckland 0632
New Zealand
Website: www.drugs.com
Emails: apps@drugs.com
Telephone: +649 476 8500

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