Epocrates Essentials for BlackBerry

Essential drug, disease, and lab information



Why do we call it Epocrates Essentials?

Our medical editors, in collaboration with other respected institutions, have selected the most critical drug, disease, and diagnostic information you need for patient care, and organized it in one really easy-to-use, intelligently linked product.

We believe that makes it a must-have mobile resource for busy healthcare professionals.

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Drug Information

Instantly access drug prescribing and safety information for more than 3,500 brand and generic drugs. Search for a drug by name or drug class; then you can review:

  • Adult and pediatric dosing for FDA-approved and off-label indications
  • Black box warnings, contraindications, and cautions
  • Serious and common adverse reactions, and drug interactions organized by clinical category
  • Up-to-date, detailed formulary information for national and regional healthcare insurance formularies, including all Medicare Part D plans
  • Approximate retail drug pricing for patients paying out-of-pocket
  • Pill pictures within the drug monograph showing you and your patients exactly what each drug looks like
  • Safety and monitoring information, such as pregnancy risk categories, lactation safety ratings, monitoring parameters and therapeutic drug levels
  • Manufacturing information including DEA/FDA status
  • Pharmacology information, including metabolism, excretion, drug class, and mechanism of action
  • Notes section for your personal notes

Drug Information

The Epocrates OTC drug module provides the latest information on hundreds of brand name over-the-counter drugs. Each product-specific monograph answers questions such as:

  • What are the active ingredients and their uses?
  • What's the dose for my patient's age?
  • What flavors are available?
  • Does the product contain alcohol, sugar, or dyes?
  • Will it interact with prescription and herbal medications?
  • Is there another product with the same active ingredients, but in a chewable or liquid form? 
  • My patient needs an analgesic, an antihistamine, and an antitussive; is there one product with all of these?
  • Is this product covered by my patient's health insurance?

See our OTC module in action »

Reference authoritative information on more than 600 complementary and alternative medicines including:

  • Reported uses and doses
  • Interactions with prescription and OTC drugs
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy and lactation safety
  • Adverse reactions
  • Synonyms

Ever have a patient call or come to you with a pill of unknown origin? With this feature, you can identify a drug based on its physical characteristics (i.e., color, shape) and imprint code.

  • Simply select some key characteristics and quickly see a list of drugs that match the criteria, with a convenient visual reference guide
  • Tapping on a drug image enlarges the picture, making it easier for you to see any imprint codes found on the drug and thus confirm the match

There are some things you just can't do in your head!

The powerful InteractionCheck feature enables you to check for interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time.

Potential interactions are organized by category to help you determine the appropriate action.

Drug Intertactions

Access in-depth, peer-reviewed disease content developed in collaboration with the BMJ Group, publishers of the British Medical Journal.

Our list of diseases is continually expanding - expect new disease topics in the coming months!

In each monograph you'll find:

  • Evidence-based treatment options searchable by patient group and compiled from clinical references and disease state management guidelines
  • Easy to navigate differential diagnosis with links to the respective disease content
  • Tests categorized by initial tests, tests to consider and emerging tests
  • Follow-up, including monitoring, patient instructions and prevention, as well as complications
  • History and exam, including risk and diagnostic factors
  • High resolution disease images
  • Basic information like definition, classification, epidemiology and etiology

Epocrates Support

Epocrates ID gives you treatment guidelines for hundreds of infectious diseases

  • Search by infection, bug/bug class, or drug/drug class
  • Access empiric and specific treatment recommendations in seconds
  • Tap on a drug name to link to the drug monograph

Get help with lab preparation, interpretation, and follow-up. Epocrates Lab includes information on hundreds of tests and panels, including:

  • Interpretation, based on high/low abnormal value, provides differential diagnosis of drug, disease, and spurious causes with links to drug and disease information and follow-up recommendations
  • Reference ranges
  • Preparation and collection guides
  • Description and synonyms

Epocrates Support

Additional references and tools to help you every day.

  • MedMath - dozens of useful medical calculators, including Pregnancy Wheel and Basal Energy Expenditure
  • Association guidelines and reference tables

The Epocrates Medical Information editors continually update Epocrates databases to ensure you have the most current information available, including:

  • New drugs and interactions
  • New indications
  • Drug recalls
  • Medication safety updates from the FDA, CDC, ISMP, and AHRQ
  • Formulary status changes
  • New disease, diagnostic and treatment information

Clinical updates are free and will occur automatically when you launch the software, as long as data connection is available.

Our engineers also continually strive to improve the usability of our software. From time to time, free upgrades to your subscription will be available from the iTunes App Store.

Epocrates Updates

Epocrates Essentials for Blackberry Requirements

  • BlackBerry device
    BlackBerry OS 4.1 and above with a data plan - BlackBerry version requires wireless installation and updates
  • Minimum available memory
    19 MB* + 20K per free health plan formulary selected
    *13 MB of Epocrates Essentials can be installed to a microSD card
  • Memory expansion card (strongly recommended with Essentials)
    Any microSD card
  • Important notes:
    Requires a wireless data plan or a wi-fi connection to install the application and receive content updates.

Epocrates Support

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