CVS/pharmacy® announced the launch of its new innovative mobile health app, Drug Interaction Checker as part of its top-rated CVS Mobile app. The new feature allows customers to quickly and easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing over-the-counter (OTC) products with their prescriptions and other OTCs on their smartphones.
Users simply enter the name of the product or active ingredients, or scan the UPC barcode on thousands of products with their smartphone camera. The Drug Interaction Checker will then compare available product details against the OTCs or prescription medications that are entered or imported through the patient’s secure pharmacy history. The tool will identify possible interactions based on a comprehensive, continually updated database of drug information to alert users of any potential issues. The Drug Interaction Checker adds to the already existing innovative health resources offered on the CVS Mobile app.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug per month, with more than 20 percent taking three or more prescriptions. In order for prescriptions to be most effective, patients need to understand how to take their medications and how other drugs, food, or lifestyle elements might interfere with or impact its efficacy. CVS pharmacists are available to provide this counsel in person or over the phone. With this new tool, CVS/pharmacy customers are informed and empowered to seek guidance on drug interactions from the palm of their hand.
The Drug Interaction Checker mobile health app leverages native smartphone technology for a fast, easy and intuitive way to check for interactions anytime and anywhere. Users have the option to import prescriptions from their online MyCVS Pharmacy® accounts or manually enter drug information. The Drug Interaction Checker is located on the home screen of the CVS Mobile app, with a new and easy-to-identify icon.
The Drug Interaction Checker adds to the comprehensive features already offered in the CVS Mobile app. Customers can also use the app to manage and refill prescriptions, access ExtraCare savings and rewards, order Photo prints, view the weekly circular and Deal of the Day, find their local pharmacy or MinuteClinic® and more. The CVS Mobile app is available as a free download from Apple’s App Store or through Google Play. Current users can update their existing app to instantly receive the new feature.
For more information, visit CVS.com/onthego.