The editors at PharmacyTimes.com put together a list of several must-have smartphone apps for pharmacists. We liked it so much – and think some of the apps will be very helpful to traveling pharmacists – that we thought we’d share some of the apps they listed for you here.

  1. Epocrates: This app (available at different price points ranging from free to $299), provides you with access to a drug interaction checker, medical calculators, formularies for health plans, medical news, and more, as well as the feature for which it’s best known: a database full of OTC, brand and generic medicines, all illustrated by images of the drug’s imprint code, color and shape – and this is really nifty – searchable by those images!
  2. Micromedex Drug Information: Wired magazine has praised this app for its usability. The app, Wired says, has the best interface of “all the prescription drug apps.” The free app contains generic as well as trade names of medicines, warnings, adverse side effects, toxicology reports, the proper dosage for adults and children for generic and brand name drugs.
  3. Redi-Reader: Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are critical when it comes to making clinical decisions. The Redi-Reader (free) allows you to find evidence-based recommendations via your smartphone or even iPad (it’s only compatible with Apple phones and tablets). The app includes guidelines as set by the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Diabetes Association, the American Thoracic Society, the CDC, and more.
  4. Google Translate: This is a great tool for pharmacists who work with people who don’t speak English! This free app translates words and even phrases from more than 60 languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Croation, Czech, Russian, Vietnamese, etc.
  5. Monthly Prescribing Reference: Another free app from Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR) that includes a handy drug interactions checker as well as news and alerts. It offers information on more than 4,000 OTC and prescription drug monographs that are listed by disease, or brand/generic name, pharmacological class, or even manufacturer. The app is edited by pharmacists and gives you safety alerts, drug news, recall info, and even features more than 30 medical calculators.

Are there handy pharmacy apps we or PharmacyTimes.com missed? If so, mention them here in our comments section.

If you’re a pharmacist or pharmacy tech with at least one year of experience (two is better), with a hankering to travel the country serving hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare centers and their patients who need you, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to receiving your CV/resume and talking to you soon!