Friday, December 15, 2006

Drug Formulary

Epocrates Online is what I think in English we would call a drug formulary. It allows doctors to look up the dosage and so on of drugs like Zithromax so that they can make sure that they are offering the correct amount for that specific patient. It's also possible to check for the retail prices of the drug for those patients who are uninsured and for coverage for the prescription of the drug under the various health plans and insurance policies that people might have.

Much more important though is the way in which the system tracks drug interactions. With more than 3,300 drugs listed, the prescriber can check that the new drug being offered is not known to interact with anything else that the patient is already taking. With one third of US adults already taking five drugs or supplements each day (Wow! that's a high figure!) that's extremely important.


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