Mobile Apps & Resources: Prescribe Smart


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Librarian reviewers consider the audience and purpose of the apps, as well as highlighting additional features:
  • In the ‘Evidence’ section, we assess how easily an app user can identify the app’s currency and support from the evidence
  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

Our complete grading criteria for evidence and usability are embedded in the review.

Please note that the reviewers are not healthcare professionals, and so cannot appraise the quality of any recommendations within the app. The reviews are not endorsements.

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Prescribe Smart 

Versions reviewed

 13.1 (Android) (CY), 3.7 (iOS) (SW)

Device & OS used

Samsung Galaxy Tablet E 9.6" Android 7.1.1 (CY) , iPhone X 13.6.1 (SW)

Date of review

August 31, 2020

Reviewers Shelley White & Catherine Young
Technician Support  Lori Maisey

Image Source: Prescribe Smart, Apple App Store. Retrieved on September 10, 2020 from:

Stated Purpose  

Canadian formulary that allows prescribers to compare drug costs and provincial coverage across different drug classes.

“Whether you’re managing a drug interaction, recall, or backorder, or simply trying to give your patients more affordable treatment, with Prescribe Smart you can ensure that your patients are receiving treatment that is therapeutically appropriate, while also helping to lower their out of pocket expenses”


  • Detailed Criteria Codes
  • Drug Prices and Coverage Status Included
  • Search drug classes and common conditions
  • Quickly find a lower cost drug or a covered drug
  • Claim forms available
  • Find alternatives quickly and easily
  • Smartcard eligibility information (Smartcards help to cover a certain amount of the price of a medication, in most cases they cover the price difference between a brand and generic version of a drug)
  • Contains OTC products
  • Continuously updated

Prescribe Smart currently only reflects the Ontario Formulary, but is working to include all provincial drug plans





Physicians, residents, medical students, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dentists, optometrists.



Healthcare Professional involved with patient medication therapy.

Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading

No evidence source types listed



Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries

No evidence source types listed

Organization of information

  • Drugs in drug classes are listed in order of least to most expensive.
  • Green box beside drug name indicates it has formulary coverage, while a red box indicates none (iOS only).




  • When viewing a specific drug and dosage can then navigate to alternatives using ‘A’ button in top right corner.
  • When viewing a specific drug and dosage can then navigate to alternatives at the bottom of the page (iOS only).



User Account require: No 

Internet connection required for use: No

Text search field: Yes 

Browsable content: Yes 

Advertisements: No

Pop-up advertisements: No

In-app purchases: No 



Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod TouchRequires iOS 9.0 or later
Last updated (as per App store listing): May 12, 2020

The App appears to be compatible with all Android devices that have the operating system specifications required. Android 4.1 and up
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): May 12, 2020

App Store listing: 12.5 MB (iOS)
Google Play listing: 8.5MB (Android)


App Developer

Fady Rizq (Developer)


Country of Origin