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What is Medscape?

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Medscape is a web resource that provides medical practitioners and interested consumers free information related to health and medical conditions, as well as daily medical news and peer-reviewed medical journal articles. Medscape is part of the WebMD Health Professional Network and also offers speciality courses for continuous professional development

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Medscape is renowned for its comprehensive drug database and drug interaction checker. It also contains an exhaustive condition reference and procedure reference for authoritative point of care information for health care professionals. It covers major conferences, ground breaking news on drug and disease research and has an expert corner where questions of concern are answered.

Since its founding in May 1995, Medscape continues to provide practice-oriented information that is edited by thought leaders in their respective fields. Starting off as an online resource for better patient care, Medscape is now accessible on mobile devices as well as the Internet. The iOS version of Medscape was released in 2009, with the android version hitting the markets in 2011. All content is free of cost but requires user registration.

To aid continuing education, Medscape has launched an education portal offering thousands of speciality-focused courses for health care professionals. Its programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

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