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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.

Prescribe Smart

Prescribe Smart

Version reviewed

13.1 (Android) (CY), 3.7 (iOS) (SW)

Device & OS used

Samsung Galaxy Tablet E 9.6" Android 7.1.1 (CY) , iPhone X 13.6.1 (SW)

Date of review

August 31, 2020


Shelley White & Catherine Young

Technician Support Scott Frick













Image Source: Prescribe Smart, Apple App Store. Retrieved on October 27, 2020 from:

Stated Purpose

Canadian formulary that allows prescribers to compare drug costs and provincial coverage across different drug classes.

“Whether you’re managing a drug interaction, recall, or backorder, or simply trying to give your patients more affordable treatment, with Prescribe Smart you can ensure that your patients are receiving treatment that is therapeutically appropriate, while also helping to lower their out of pocket expenses”



  • Detailed Criteria Codes
  • Drug Prices and Coverage Status Included
  • Search drug classes and common conditions
  • Quickly find a lower cost drug or a covered drug
  • Claim forms available
  • Find alternatives quickly and easily
  • Smartcard eligibility information (Smartcards help to cover a certain amount of the price of a medication, in most cases they cover the price difference between a brand and generic version of a drug)
  • Contains OTC products
  • Continuously updated

Prescribe Smart currently only reflects the Ontario Formulary, but is working to include all provincial drug plans





Physicians, residents, medical students, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dentists, optometrists.


Healthcare Professional involved with patient medication therapy.

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

No evidence source types listed

Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

No evidence source types listed

Organization of information

  • Drugs in drug classes are listed in order of least to most expensive.
  • Green box beside drug name indicates it has formulary coverage, while a red box indicates none (iOS only).


  • When viewing a specific drug and dosage can then navigate to alternatives using ‘A’ button in top right corner.
  • When viewing a specific drug and dosage can then navigate to alternatives at the bottom of the page (iOS only).


User Account required: No

Internet connection required for use: No

Text search field: Yes 

Browsable content: Yes 

Advertisements: No

Pop-up advertisements: No

In-app purchases: No




Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Last updated (as per App store listing): May 12, 2020

The App appears to be compatible with all Android devices that have the operating system specifications required. Android 4.1 and up.
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): May 12, 2020


App Store listing: 12.5 MB (iOS)
Google Play listing: 8.5MB (Android)

App Developer

Fady Rizq (Developer)

Country of Origin




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