Beta Test The Tarascon Pharmacopoeia Deluxe PDA Edition

Tarascon is inviting beta testing of it's second generation edition of the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia Deluxe PDA Edition.

The second generation Pocket Pharmacopoeia includes all the features of their now-discontinued ePharmacopoeia product, with the following new enhancements:

• 47 invaluable reference tables from the print edition
• 9 dynamic medical formula calculators
• Instant drug look-up by name, class, or indication on a single home screen
• “Adverse effects” and “mechanism of action” information for each drug
• A new “Herbal and Alternative Therapies” section
• A fully integrated tool for multiple drug interaction checking, with interactions data from the experts at The Medical Letter
• A full-featured version for Pocket PC platforms
• Coming soon! Software that can be loaded into most extended memory cards (NOTE: expansion cards are not currently supported)
• Software written by USBMIS, Inc, creators of the highly acclaimed PDA versions of The Sanford Guide
• Includes Canadian trade names

Tarascon Publishing goes on to say: "As always, Tarascon Publishing maintains complete customer privacy. Unlike other drug reference software, we will never track personal data about you or monitor your product use in order to sell this information to drug companies or other third parties." A comment that seems to squarely aimed at ePocrates, another popular freeware drug database that uses Spyware in their application.

Moreover, in a study entitled " Drug-Information Software for Palm Operating System Personal Digital Assistants: Breath, Clinical Dependability, and Ease of Use", the Pharmacy Practice Division of the St. Louis College Pharmacy, St. Louis Missouri and St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield Missouri ranked the Tarascon ePharmacopoeia higher than ePocrates in the breath of clinical information provided.

(The same study ranked Lexi-Comp's Platinum highest over all with the greatest breath of information and the most clinically dependable content.)

Tarascon handheld content will be updated monthly throughout 2002, then continuously in 2003.

Tarascon says that they are committed to keeping this product free through December 31, 2002, and anticipate a $25 yearly subscription thereafter. So this may be your last chance to get a free copy of the Tarascon application.

Go to to download a free pre-release version (for both the Palm OS and the Pocket PC) of the Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia Deluxe PDA edition.


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