Make your smart phone a wise phone with the NPS medicines list iPhone app

28 June 2011

If you love your iPhone and regularly take medicines then you’ll also love the brand new NPS Medicines List iPhone app, now available for free from iTunes. Caring for a relative? Can’t remember those long names and impossible strengths? The app will be a game changer.

The Medicines List app allows people to be medicinewise by tracking the brand, active ingredient, strength and dosage of their medicines, including prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines.

The launch of the app represents the first NPS initiative in the area of smartphone application development and has already been downloaded by more than 2000 people since it went live on iTunes in mid June.

NPS clinical adviser Dr Danielle Stowasser says people who take one or more medicines often struggle to keep track of what they are taking and the important details that they need to tell their health care providers. Not having this information at hand can sometimes lead to missing a dose, accidentally taking a double dose, interactions with other medicines or forgetting to finish a course of medicines.

“Very few people can remember the name of their active ingredient, regular brand, or the number of milligrams they need to take – all essential information for healthcare providers when managing a patient’s care in the long term,” said Dr Stowasser.

“We know that the more people know about their medicines, the more confident they are to talk about their options with their prescriber or pharmacist, and that helps people get the most benefit from their medicines.”

The new Medicines List iPhone app provides a way for people to keep this essential information on hand. There are also other features of the app that enable people to:

  • Keep photos of medicines, packaging and dispensing labels
  • Track any changes to a medicine regimen using the change log
  • Export and print or email a copy of their medicine list and change log to discuss with their doctor or pharmacist
  • Save personal details and health professionals’ contact details
  • Note questions to discuss at the next medical appointment.

“We hope the app will help people avoid medicine mix-ups and reduce brand confusion, and also trigger better-informed conversations with doctors and pharmacists,” said Dr Stowasser.

The Medicines List app was developed with assistance from Creative Licence Digital, a Sydney-based mobile applications development house. NPS is currently accepting feedback on the app via the NPS website to guide future developments.

A second version is scheduled to be released in the coming months and will be available automatically to those who have already downloaded the app. The second version will include the ability to set reminders so the user can be alerted when a medicine dose is due.

You can preview the NPS app and download it for free from iTunes (you will need to have the iTunes software installed on your computer first), or from the App Store on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

For a link to the app in the iTunes store, tips and videos about how to get the best from the app visit the NPS website


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Independent, evidence-based and not-for-profit, NPS enables better decisions about medicines and medical tests.We are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.