The FDA recently released “Drugs@FDA Express”, a mobile app that allows users to search for information about FDA-approved brand and generic prescriptions, OTC medications, and biological therapeutic products. The mobile app is a “light” version of the full website, with the app omitting letters and reviews – although the app’s homepage states this and includes a link to the website for “the complete version.”
Users of the free app can search by drug name, active ingredient, or application number. They can also view the last seven days of product approvals, as well as links to FDA web pages and FDA help and support (including the agency’s glossary, FAQs, and emailing the Division of Drug Information, FDA/CDER).
FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD, stated in the news release announcing the app: “Consumers are embracing digital health technologies to inform everyday decisions. From fitness trackers to mobile applications tracking insulin administration, these digital tools can empower consumers with a wealth of valuable health information. Advancing mobile apps that inform people about their health and medical choices represents a significant public health opportunity and is a high priority for the FDA. The FDA is continuously seeking ways to bring information to consumers in more accessible formats. Today, with the launch of the Drugs@FDA Express mobile app, we’re bringing the public important information about drugs in an easy-to-use, mobile format. We hope that by making this important health information more easily accessible we can help empower patients and providers in making their treatment decisions.”
The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.