A couple of days ago I received a support email from Epocrates:
Recently, we released an update to our software that improved the user interface and provided one-tap access to features that you may frequently use throughout your day. Unfortunately, some clinicians have experienced slowness and/or crashes when launching the application or accessing drug monographs. These are isolated issues, but we are notifying you in the event you notice or hear of uncharacteristic app behaviors.
If your app is running slowly, please update your clinical content by tapping the “Updates” icon on your Epocrates home screen. If you are experiencing application crash issues, we recommend that you delete and reinstall Epocrates. We will be releasing an app update soon to further improve the speed and stability of the product.
Nice to see support from Epocrates for their flagship products. It does pain me somewhat everytime I use Epocrates on the iPhone as it reminds me of how Epocrates officially pulled out from webOS support about 1 year ago (see Epocrates for webOS will no longer be supported ). In hindsight, Epocrates made the right decision given the uncertainty of the fate of webOS, hinging on Meg Whitman’s decision expected in the next week or so. Sometimes I find it faster to search for drug information online and if you don’t happen to use an OS which Epocrates supports, I would recommend you use our web app DrugDz which gives you an option to search Drugs.com, Medscape as well as Epocrates for drug information right from your mobile phone. All you need is an Internet connection and a webkit compatible browser on your smartphone.
Another option for non-iPhone users is to consider getting a cheap iPod Touch to run the myriad of medical apps for the iOS platform (including Epocrates), most of which run just as well on the iPod Touch as the iPhone. It means carrying another device with you but at least you don’t have to change your phone.