I received an email this morning from Medscape introducing me to their new Pill Identifier Tool.
The tool is pretty simple to use. When you click on the link above youâ€™ll be taken to the Pill Identifier Tool site where you can begin your search. Any pharmacist, nurse, or physician thatâ€™s ever used a reference to identify an oral medication will be familiar with the process.
Across the top of the Pill Identifier you will find several fields to help narrow your search: IMPRINT, SHAPE, COLOR, FORM, SCORING. Iâ€™ve always found that if you have the imprint youâ€™re about 80% there.
Clicking on a medication will give you additional information. Thereâ€™s even an option to view the Drug Monograph.
The email I received showed the Pill Identifier Tool running on a smartphone, but when I looked at my Medscape application – Moto X running stock Android 4.4 – I did not see an option for medication identification. I even reinstalled the application thinking that that might help. No luck.
I remember a time when this type of activity was limited to those that had the data, i.e. mostly healthcare professionals in hospitals. But thatâ€™s no longer true. The availability of references like these are good for everyone.
Overall Medscapeâ€™s Pill Identifier Tool is a nice little web-based application. Itâ€™ll be even better when I can use it on my Moto X.