February 2004 - Issue No. 32
What's new this month at Epocrates
We are pleased to have over 350,000 healthcare professionals currently subscribed to one or more Epocrates products including Epocrates Rx®, Epocrates Rx Pro™ and Epocrates Rx Online™. If you're not currently using Epocrates clinical reference tools to help you improve patient safety and practice efficiency, we hope you'll visit our website to learn more about both our free and premium subscription products.

When you register with the Epocrates site, you are also given the opportunity to opt in to various market research opportunities through Epocrates Honors™. If you are already registered with Epocrates, you can easily opt in to the Epocrates Honors panel if you have not done so already. Your opinions are valuable to research firms and you can even get paid for sharing them by joining Epocrates Honors. Please read on to learn more..

AutoUpdate for a chance to win a Dell® notebook

Now through February 20th, 2004 you can be automatically entered up to once per day for a chance to win a new Dell® notebook and an Epocrates subscription pack when you AutoUpdate!

AutoUpdating provides instant access to the most current information including new drugs, alternative medicines*, clinical tables and guidelines*, indications, drug recalls and formulary status changes. In addition, many 2004 Drug Lists are now available from Epocrates. AutoUpdate to ensure you receive the latest changes from your health plans.

No purchase is necessary to be eligible to win this contest, limit one entry per person per day. Winner will be notified via email after February 20th, 2004. Please click on the link below for further details about the contest terms and conditions.

Want to learn more about the contest?
Read the terms and conditions for details.

Need help with AutoUpdate?
Learn more

Have a question?
Visit our support portal.

*Only available in Epocrates Rx Pro


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Epocrates Rx Online™ Open House – Free access to Epocrates Rx Online during the month of February

MD Net Guide calls Epocrates Rx Online "clean, fast and complete," saying that "Clinicians who love the mobile version will love having it on their desktop." Why? There's many reasons – along with the Epocrates drug and clinical references you already rely on, you can print out drug interaction reports to add to a patient's chart, print patient education materials, access the pill pictures identification reference, and the newly added "Med Calc" feature.

Now through February, Epocrates is offering free, unlimited access to Epocrates Rx Online, our Internet-based product. That's right – no registration, login or credit card information required!

Simply visit http://openhouse.Epocrates.com and click on "Access Epocrates Rx Online" to access the many features of this top-rated online resource!

Also, if you purchase Epocrates Rx Online anytime from now through the end of February, you will receive 20% off the product.



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Turn Your Opinions Into Cash

Through the Epocrates Honors™ panel, healthcare professionals are able to "opt-in" to participate in market research studies conducted by the nation's top research companies. In 2003, thousands of physicians and allied healthcare professionals who are on the Honors panel collectively earned $2,340,000 in honoraria for participating in online surveys. These surveys are conducted online, take from 5 minutes to 60 minutes to complete, and focus on a wide variety of interesting healthcare related issues.

Participating in a particular survey is entirely up to you. We simply send you an invitation via email that includes a summary of the study topic, the required time to complete the survey and the honoraria you will receive if you meet the survey's criteria and complete the survey. If you are interested, you simply click on a link embedded in the email and off you go to the survey site.

It’s easy to join your peers and become a member of Epocrates Honors. Simply click here to log in and update your profile. In the "Opt-In Status" portion of your profile, make sure all the boxes under "Honors" are checked to opt-in to the Honors panel. Also, when you update your profile, please ensure that your email address is up-to-date as that is our only means of inviting you to participate in surveys. If you are not currently registered with Epocrates and would like to participate in Epocrates Honors, simply click the same link above to register on the Epocrates website. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive survey opportunities when applicable.

We hope that you will consider joining Epocrates Honors so that everyone in the healthcare community can benefit from your opinions and you can earn honoraria in recognition of your time.


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New clinical updates now available via AutoUpdate

The Epocrates Medical Information Editors continue to add new drugs and update content in the Epocrates Rx, Epocrates Rx Pro and Epocrates Rx Online clinical references. We recommend you AutoUpdate Epocrates Rx and Epocrates Rx Pro at least once per week to keep your information current.

New FDA-approved prescription drugs

  • Jantoven - adult and pediatric anticoagulation
  • TriNessa - adult contraception, acne, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, others

New monographs for previously approved prescription drugs

  • Bromfed Capsules - adult and pediatric upper respiratory symptoms

Reformulations of prescription drugs

  • Humibid L.A - adult and pediatric upper respiratory sx
  • Humibid DM - adult and pediatric upper respiratory sx

New monographs for previously approved OTC drugs

  • Aleve - arthritis pain (minor), dysmenorrhea, fever, others
  • Mucinex - upper respiratory sx

New indications for previously approved prescription drugs

  • Seroquel - adult bipolar disorder, acute mania

Monographs updated with hepatic dosing

  • Merrem
  • Seroquel

Updated alternative medicine from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database* (only available in Epocrates Rx Pro and Epocrates Rx Online)

  • cranberry

New table (only available in Epocrates Rx Pro and Epocrates Rx Online)

  • Ocular Product Color Codes


*Epocrates partners with Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database to provide the highest quality natural medicine information available. For comprehensive information on natural medicines, visit www.naturaldatabase.com

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Epocrates Advocate of the Month – Kevin Mooney, RN BSN CCEMTP EMT-P

Advocate of the Month
This month, we have selected Kevin Mooney to be our Advocate of the Month. We would like to thank Kevin for providing valuable product development feedback over the past several years and for educating his colleagues about Epocrates products.

"I am currently employed as a Registered Nurse in a busy, urban ED, and until recently worked as a paramedic in an equally busy EMS system. My colleagues and I have found Epocrates to be an indispensable tool for our work. We frequently respond to patients who are unable to provide a medical history due to changes in mentation. The ability to look up unfamiliar medications helps us to quickly figure out the patient's history and provide better patient care.

I have always been an avid Epocrates Rx user and I recently upgraded to Epocrates Rx Pro. The additional information in the herbal/alternative medication section as well as the tables and guidelines have been very useful. There are similar products on the market, but the ease with which I can update and maintain the currency of Epocrates is superior. Epocrates Rx Pro has been money wisely invested!"

Kevin Mooney, RN BSN CCEMTP EMT-P
Springfield, MA

Advocate Program
We created the Advocate Program for users who are interested in sharing information about Epocrates software with colleagues. For example, many Advocates demonstrate Epocrates software at medical society conferences and academic grand rounds.

If you would like to become an Epocrates Advocate, please write to advocates@epocrates.com so we can email you an informational PowerPoint presentation and other educational tools.


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This concludes the February issue of the Epocrates Newsletter.

Best wishes,

The Epocrates Team