Davis’s Drug Guide is produced from Skyscape in the name of DrDrugs implying the phycisians version of it. The latest and most up to date copy is now available native on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
We’ve talked about Davis’s Drug Guide from Unbound Medicine in a previous post, this one from Skyscape is essentially the same and is even sold at the same price which is $50 for the standard edition.
Here’s how it looks;
So we are not going to repeat the merits of this popular Rx reference as we already mentioned that with the Unbound version, However, there are certain differences between the two that we need to examine:
First: the biggest missing feature from Unbound’s version is the built-in drug dose calculators which is fortunately available in the Skyscape’s version.
Second: Unbound’s version provides not only iPhone native version but also web and wireless access to www.drugguide.com which is a great advantage when you want to access it from your desktop or from another mobile device. While in the case of Skyscape you’d have to pay another $50 to get a desktop version.
Third: Skyscape’s SmartLink technology is a an advantage, as we can cross link the drugs to their respective drug interactions or disease information available on the other installed Skyscape titles on the same device. Interlinking is available within the single Unbound Medicine app not across the different apps.
Fourth: UI, navigation, indexing, and search are actually great on both of them and no major difference are noted.
So both have advantages and disadvantages and the choice is individualized. One particular advice here is that if you have many Skyscape titles then it’s wise to go for the Skyscape version for cross linking and if you think you will frequently access it via the desktop or other mobile devices then go for Unbound Medicine’s.
For detailed reviews of both check these links