Thursday, May 13, 2010

Is your smartphone drug database up-to-date?

There are several different drug database software solutions out there for PDAs and smartphones. How often do you update your software? The convenience of having a smartphone is that your device can get updated automatically. My smartphone auto-updates and performs a synchronization every night. So, when I wake up the next morning, I have updated information and even a few news alerts.

So, whether you're using Epocrates, Skyscape, Lexi-Comp, PEPID, Unbound Medicine, Medscape, Tarascon, or any other drug reference software, make sure you're updating your database on a regular basis.

Here's a list of new drugs on the Epocrates drug database:
  • AK-Poly-Bac (bacitracin/polymyxin B ophthalmic)
  • bacitracin/polymyxin B ophthalmic (generic)
  • chlorzoxazone (generic for Parafon Forte DSC)
  • citric acid/sodium citrate(generic for Bicitra)
  • Exalgo (hydromorphone)
  • Hizentra (immune globulin (human))
  • lidocaine oronasopharyngeal (generic for Xylocaine oronasopharyngeal)
  • lidocaine urethral (generic for Xylocaine urethral)
  • losartan (first-time generic for Cozaar)
  • losartan/hydrochlorothiazide (first-time generic for Hyzaar)
  • Omnipred (prednisolone acetate ophthalmic)
  • Oracit (citric acid/sodium citrate)
  • Pennsaid (diclofenac topical)
  • Pilopine HS (pilocarpine ophthalmic
  • Pred-G (gentamicin/prednisolone ophthalmic)
  • Qutenza (capsaicin topical)
  • Tropicacyl (tropicamide ophthalmic)
  • tropicamide ophthalmic (generic for Mydriacyl)
  • Wilate (antihemophilic factor/von Willebrand factor complex (human))
  • Xylocaine urethral (lidocaine urethral)
  • Zyclara (imiquimod topical)
When's the last time you performed a sync?


  1. Brad Johnson2:38 PM

    The most current drug database on the market is Clinical Pharmacology by Elsevier. There is an independent study done by Drake university that proves it. And their mobile product is awesome! same great data as the online.

  2. David Alexander4:21 AM

    Hi..I have been using Skyscape applications on my smartphone for a long time and these guys regularly update their applications. If you register on their website, they also send notifications of new updates and launches. For registration, visit

  3. Anonymous1:51 PM

    I'm getting a new phone tomorrow and am now looking into the different drug/medical databases available. I know I love and can trust Lexi-Comp but is there a way to check the validity of the information some of these other databases offers such as PEPID or Skyscape?