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 you’ll be taken to the Pill Identifier Tool site where you can begin your search. Any pharmacist, nurse, or physician that’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. I’ve always found that if you have the imprint you’re about 80% there.
Clicking on a medication will give you additional information. There’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 that’s no longer true. The availability of references like these are good for everyone.
Overall Medscape’s Pill Identifier Tool is a nice little web-based application. It’ll be even better when I can use it on my Moto X.