Wednesday, May 26, 2010

NLM's Pill Box - pill identification system

The National Library of Medicine has launched a (beta) service Pillbox to facilitate rapid identification of unknown pills.

"Pillbox was developed to aid in the identification of unknown solid dosage pharmaceuticals. The system combines high-resolution images of tablets and capsules with FDA-approved appearance information (imprint, shape, color, etc.) to enable users to visually search for and identify an unknown solid dosage pharmaceutical.
This system is designed for use by emergency physicians, first responders, other health care providers, Poison Control Center staff, and concerned citizens."

If you've ever used Epocrates, particularly the iPhone app, you'll recognised the easy way it allows you to pick the colour, shape, size and markings of the unknow pill before giving you pictures of the options to chose from.

There's a really good review here , you may find this overview useful:


or you could try it yourself - http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/index.html
Remeber it is still in beta phase.

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