Making the best treatment decision for each patient can be a daunting task for healthcare professionals. As of 2013, there were 1453 molecular entities approved by the FDA for use in the United States, in addition to the new medications introduced each year and the extensive range of over-the-counter drugs.
Each patient presents with unique characteristics that affect the optimal treatment choice for them as an individual. For healthcare professionals, choosing the best management plan to improve health outcomes is difficult due to the extensive range of drug classes and medication options that must be evaluated.
Additionally, healthcare professionals are often asked to deal with cases that are beyond their specialized field of care, prescribing medications with which they are less familiar. For this reason, there is a strong reliance on easily accessible information for drug evaluation during a patient consultation, enabling appropriate prescribing recommendations at all times.