Countless times while in the field, I have wished that I had a Drug Identification Bible with me to identify prescription medications.  On one particular arrest, I seized over 3,000 pills of over 300 different varieties (it took over 6 hours with four officers to book the pills into evidence).  I called poison control and after the 7th request, the technician said that I would have to send a request via fax for the other 273 types of pills.  I didn’t have my computer on hand to look up the tools online, either.  What I wouldn’t give to have something on my cell phone that could identify the pills for me.

And then the Dark Knight alerted me to Epocrates Rx.  For anyone with a Smartphone such as an Iphone or a phone that operates on the Android system (1.6 and above), you can download the Epocrates application.  It has been really helpful thus far.  All you have to do is locate the application in the “Market” of your smartphone.

Screen shot on Android

Epocrates Rx was developed by health care professionals, and therefore,  the information is reliable and accurate.  The application provides a quick access to thousands of prescription drugs for identification purposes.  All you have to do is describe the pill, whether by shape, color and/or imprint.  The application will even tell you drug reactions, side effects, retail value out -of-pocket, and manufacturing information including DEA/FDA status.  It will even tell you OTC drugs if you’re unsure whether it is a prescription-only pill.

Screen shot of pill identifier on Android

At first I had a little bit of trouble installing the application and it seemed a little quirky.  It took a few tries to get the application installed, but once over this hurdle, it worked smoothly.

The best part of this application is that it’s FREE!  It’s nice to have a drug identification system right at your fingertips.  In addition, it not only identifies the drug for you including a photo, it also lets you know what schedule the drug is so that you can charge appropriately.  Very useful!

If you have any questions as to how to download the application for your phone, don’t hesitate to send me an email and I’d love to help you out.

Good luck!