WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has bolstered its mobile app by adding the new Drug Interaction Checker, which is an industry first that allows customers to easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing OTC products with their prescriptions and other OTCs on their smartphones.
Users 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 pharmacy history. The tool will identify possible interactions based on a continually updated database of drug information to alert users of any potential issues.
"Our new Drug Interaction Checker empowers our customers to make important decisions about their health with a convenient tool that determines whether an over-the-counter product may impact the prescriptions they are taking," stated Brian Tilzer, SVP, chief digital officer for CVS/pharmacy. "Our goal at CVS/pharmacy is to continually find new ways of helping people on their path to better health, and this new feature demonstrates how we intend to harness the power of mobile technology as a cutting-edge health resource that addresses real needs of our customers. Now customers will have more information right at their fingertips, so they can make more informed decisions or seek advice from a pharmacist as needed, if the CVS Mobile app alerts them to a potential interaction."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug per month, with more than 20% 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.
The Drug Interaction Checker 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.
Customers also can 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.