Drugs and Medications FAQ and Corrections
Q: How does the iPad version differ from the iPhone version?
A: The iPad version has more information and uses the bigger screen to display the information in bigger font. In addition, we will be doing more optimizations with the UI interface in the future.
Q: How do I search for a drug that I don't know how to spell?
A: There are many ways but the easiest way is to search for part of a word.
EXAMPLE: If you are looking for Amitriptyline; you can search for "Amit" or "tyline" or even "trip" and the search function will search within the context of the names
Q: Where does this information come from and is it reliable?!
A: The information comes from trusted sources such as the FDA (Federal Drug Administration)
Q: Why is there a limited number of drugs in the database?
A: Originally, the app was intended only to serve a small population of medical students and pharmacists. As a result, it only had 200 of the most popular drugs. As the app became more popular, it became clear there was a need to increase the drug list. We are updating the drug list slowly since the iphone slows down as you add more data. We are trying to optimize for the most drugs with the fastest bootup time. As of version 1.4; There are now more than 6000 Drugs in the database.
Q: Why are there drug corrections and misspellings
A: We automate the data from the FDA. We also use humans to double check this data. As a result, we have found typos from the drug manufacturers. If you find a typo, please report it so we can report it to the FDA and/or the drug manufacturer.
Q: What is FDA Watch?
A: The FDA regularly releases press releases of safety alerts on drugs. FDA watch is one way accessing the most recent FDA information about a drug. This includes recalls, safety warnings, and other safety alerts.
Q: How do I search by drug classifications
A: Most of the descriptions have drug classifications. As a result, the search feature can search for drug classifications such as the following (but not limited to).
calcium channel blocker
angiotensin receptor blocker