Apple Rejects Some Medical Drug Guide Apps From App Store

Apple has been rejecting certain medical and health applications that contain prescription and over-the-counter medication information, according to medical app review site iMedicalApps, CITE World reports (Faas, CITE World, 6/6).

As of last year, Apple's iTunes App Store included more than 13,600 health-related apps (Slabodkin, FierceMobileHealthcare, 6/10).

Details of App Rejections

Apple notes in its developer requirements that it only accepts medication dosage information in apps being produced by a drug's manufacturer, MobiHealthNews reports (Dolan, MobiHealthNews, 6/6).

The rejections appear to target drug reference apps that provide guidance on both on- and off-label dosage, according to CITE World (CITE World, 6/6).

Apple has been sending drug reference app developers these rejections for at least one year (MobiHealthNews, 6/6). However, the full scope of the ban remains unclear (CITE World, 6/6).


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