21 types of health apps the FDA could regulate but won't

By Aditi Pai
06:14 am

#5 Some drug interaction apps for consumers


"Mobile apps that prompt a user to enter which herb and drug they would like to take concurrently and provide information about whether interactions have been seen in the literature and a summary of what type of interaction was reported;"

The description does stipulate that the app must provide information seen in literature and about the specific interaction reported, which adds some credibility to any medical claims that the app chooses to make. A few months ago, CVS added an OTC drug interaction checker to its main mobile app. With the new interaction checker, users can scan the barcodes on OTC medication packages with their phones or enter the name of the drug or an active ingredient to bring up a list of potential interactions.