FIRSTLight Medical App Review (iOS, $7.99)


Languages: English

Seller: Black Pear Software Ltd

iOS5 version



FIRSTLight is a point of care decision support tool designed to provide healthcare professionals with instant access to reliable and up-to-date UK specific drug information. An easy to use one stop shop for information about how, when and when not to use a medication and how to manage ongoing patient treatment, FIRSTLight helps healthcare professionals to make informed clinical decisions faster.

Accessing FIRSTLight on the move via an iPhone or iPad could dramatically reduce medication errors caused by the absence of appropriate drug information whilst treating a patient.

Key features
FIRSTLight offers clinicians immediate sight of all commonly sought information relating to the use of a drug:

•How and when to use a medication
Ingredients, licensed and unlicensed indications and the corresponding doses, safe routes of administration and detailed administration advice

•When to avoid using a medication
Information about allergies and safety of use with other concurrent conditions, other drugs and food

•Tests, measures and observations required while using a medication
What should be done about any resulting changes, along with information about managing expected side effects and what to do in cases of over-dosage

•Reproduction, pregnancy and breastfeeding advice
Whether taking a medication can affect fertility, relevant recommendations for use of contraception for male or female patients and any risks associated with pregancy or breastfeeding while taking a medication

FIRSTLight indicates a medicine’s licensed status and availability either at a pharmacy or on a prescription. It also flags specific high severity warnings related to documented prescribing or dispensing errors, displaying messages about prohibited routes or commonly mistaken dosages.

The app comes with 30 days complimentary access to the FIRSTLight data service.
After that subscriptions can be purchased from within the app.

1 month at £3.99
6 months at £19.99

These subscriptions will auto-renew until you choose to cancel. A subscription will be valid for all of the iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) that you have registered with iTunes and both the FIRSTLight and FIRSTLight HD apps.

•Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
•Your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
• Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period.
•You can manage your subscription and switch off the auto-renewal by accessing your Account Settings after purchase.
•You cannot cancel the current subscription during the active subscription period.
•Any personal data that we hold related to your subscription will be treated in line with our company privacy policy that can be read at

Search and navigation
Designed by clinicians for clinicians, FIRSTLight has a modern, intuitive interface and powerful and configurable search and navigation functionality. FIRSTLight allows users to search medications or appliances. The context-sensitive search means users can find a medication by its name or by its therapeutic classification and for appliances the Drug Tariff classification can be used for simplified search and navigation.
About First DataBank
First DataBank is the UK’s leading provider of electronic drug databases and clinical decision support. With over 30 years experience of authoring, developing and integrating drug databases across the entire healthcare spectrum, and a large team of pharmacists, clinicians and clinical informatics experts, First DataBank has unrivalled knowledge and expertise in the field of electronic drug information.

Patient safety is the driving force behind our business. Our decision support products enable safer prescribing, dispensing and administration, helping clinicians to avoid potential medication errors.


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