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Micromedex Drug Reference Essentials

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Micromedex® Drug Reference Essentials is now available for only $2.99 per year. Now you can access the same evidence-based Micromedex® content you rely on, anytime, anywhere, via your iPhone and iPad.

Please note: if you or the organization you work for has an Internet-based subscription to Micromedex*, then this app is included with your subscription at no charge. Please search in iTunes for the free version of this app, called Free Micromedex® Drug Reference for Internet Subscribers.

Micromedex® Drug Reference Essentials provides on-the-go access to the industry’s most trusted and comprehensive drug information, when and where it’s needed most. Users will find peace of mind knowing the content is backed by the same thorough, unbiased editorial process as all Micromedex solutions.

An internet connection is not required, allowing for access at anytime from anywhere.

The app is part of the Micromedex Medication Management apps bundle, which includes Micromedex Drug Interactions and Micromedex IV Compatibility. The trio is an inexpensive solution to your on-the-go medication management needs.

Drug Reference Essentials contains concise information on 4500+ search terms, covering common needs such as:

•Adult and pediatric dosage
•Adverse effects (separated into “common” and “serious”)
•Drug interactions

As well as:
•Black box warnings
•Breast feeding
•Common trade names
•Dose adjustments
•Generic names, including selected combination products
•How supplied
•Indications (differentiated as “FDA labeled” and “non-FDA labeled”)
•Mechanism of action
•Pregnancy category
•Therapeutic class

*Not sure if your employer has an Internet subscription to Micromedex via the internet? Check with your Chief Medical Officer, Director of Pharmacy, Medical Librarian, or others in your facility responsible for clinical reference information. Or reach out to us via

What's New in Version 1.77.0

Fix Cellular download support defect.
Fix content version checking defect.


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Customer Reviews

Version glitch fix: see update.

I used to use this as a quick reference at work. The latest update has destroyed all functionality of the app. Each time you open it the application states "I must be on a wifi network to update to the latest information" and refuses to allow me into the app. On wifi, it takes ~5 minutes to update and this launches every time the app opens, regardless of if it was updated 10 seconds ago.

A quick reference is meant to be just that. I don't have a wifi connection or 5 minutes to "update" every time I need an answer to a question.

UPDATE: glitch fixed. After the initial update which took a few minutes this app is back to a great reference for drug indication and other basic information. Would recommend!!!


This used to be my go to app on a daily basis. I'm a nurse practitioner. Now it updates every time I open it wasting time I can't afford to waste. It also repeatedly requests I renew the app. Most recently (past week) I can't use it at all. It keeps getting an error message. I called several days ago and waited on hold for quite some time, then it switched to a menu and the only option was to leave a message with a call back number. Surprise no call back. I called again 4 days later and spoke to a person. They assured me it would be resolved today. The app is not reliable and now nonfunctional. You will be better off with a free app. Note to self: Don't toss the book version PDR, as it could happen with any app.

Updates EVERYTIME the app opens (even if never closed)

Back to the issue where it updates, then forces you to login with username/password each time you use. I cant remember the random mix of characters that it generates for forgot password other than refering to the email. I enter it, then a few hrs later it asks for it again. I searched all over the website and see no spot to change to logical password. I refuse to enter a password to view a drug on shift in busy ED.

Ive given up on this app after using it for 3 years because of multiple similar issues. Epocrates never was great, but it works!!!!

Micromedex Drug Reference Essentials
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Medical
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.77.0
  • Size: 5.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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