Several years ago, all medical apps that included drug dosages were a matter of controversy on Apple Store, because they were promptly rejected for violating Section 1.2 rule stating that Apple accepts only medical dosing information submitted by medicine's manufacturer.
Luckily, this issue was sorted out, and many mobile apps that include drug dosing were allowed to be listed on Apple Store (and Google Store as well, which didn't make any restrictions in the first place).
Thanks to that fact, we were able to write this article and list some of the best mobile apps that let medical professionals look up and calculate drug doses.
The first stop for every healthcare professional who wants to get quality drug information is certainly Epocrates. This app is an essential drug and medical reference app used by millions of medical professionals.
Although its focus is on drugs, including administration and dosing, Epocrates also includes broader information about diseases, alternative medications, clinical practice guidelines, lab guides, as well as other clinical tools and content.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS, but it's also available as Plus, which unlocks more useful content for the price of $174.99.
For more than 25 years, Frank Shann's "Little White Book" has helped physicians not only in Australia but around the world as well, prescribe drugs to pediatric patients.
DrugDoses app compiles the information from this little booklet and provides physicians with more than 2000+ entries containing every drug commonly prescribed for use in both adult and pediatric patients.
After the initial startup, it may look nothing more than a drug dosing app, as its name suggest. However, DrugDoses app provides a wealth of drug information particularly useful for the pediatric providers.
The downside of this app may be its prices. It costs $14.99 on iOS, and little more than $15 on Android.
SafeDosePro app provides dosing and drug administration information, calculates the appropriate dose of a medication for both pediatric and adult patients, and helps providers track each administration for multiple patients.
It combines several useful components, including concise drug information, dosing guide and calculator, and patient/medication log, which all make it a great tool for use at the point of care, especially in the pediatric and emergency settings.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android.
Infinite Dose App
Infinite Dose app is a drug dosing app for physicians, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, nurses, or any health professional to calculate the most difficult intravenous emergency, ICU and NICU drugs doses or simple pediatric outpatient daily oral medications.
Its drug dosage calculator is really easy to use, which also includes calculator by weight or body surface area.
The app allows users to add notes for each drug and to share their drug collection with their colleagues.
Infinite Dose app is available for $1.13 only on Android.
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Pedi QuikCalc App
PediQuikCalc was one of the first medical drug calculator apps designed specifically for pediatricians when it was introduced in 2011.
The app provides a number of features that made it a great point-of-care resource for pediatricians, especially those working in an emergency setting.
Some of the features include well-referenced medical information, dosing calculator, other key medical calculators, links to other resources for calculations and dosing information, and more.
The app is available only on iOS for $1.99.
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Sanford Guide – Antimicrobial Rx App
Since 1969, The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy has been the leading clinical reference for treatment of infectious diseases, popular with physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians.
The Sanford Guide also went mobile providing reliable, evidence-based medical information in a convenient fashion, including clinical syndromes, pathogens, anti-infective agents (their dosing, adverse effects, pharmacology, interactions, and more), specialized dosing tables and tools, calculators, and more.
Although the app is free to download on Android and iOS, it requires the yearly subscription that costs $29.99.
Mastering Drug Calculations App
Mastering Drug Calculations app is primarily designed for medical students but can be as well used by healthcare professionals, helping them develop and consolidate their drug dosing and calculations skills. The topics in the app cover majority of calculations, starting with the basic ones and progressing toward the more complex calculations of drug percentages.
Each topic provides practical examples on how to perform the calculations, which are followed by interactive exercises and quizzes which enable users to practice their skills.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.
The Difficult Airway App
Clinicians who manage airways in an emergency setting must always be prepared, meaning they need to know and master a variety of different airway management skills.
The Difficult Airway app addresses challenging airway management, with a focus on an emergency environment.
Easy to navigate interface leads clinicians through the main mnemonics that describe airway evaluation techniques, decision-making airway algorithms, contraindications to using succinylcholine and treatment strategies for hyperkalemia, tips and pearls, and educational resources for managing both adult and pediatric patients in an emergency setting.
The app is available only on iOS for $2.99.
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