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Pharmaceutical App Cost Estimate

What is a pharmaceutical app?

A pharmaceutical application is a web or mobile application that enables users to manage their prescriptions and purchase prescription drugs online. The app may be used by individual patients, physicians, pharmacies, insurance companies, and other related parties. Pharmaceutical apps typically include interfaces for tracking prescription history, viewing drug interactions with other medications in the user’s system, communicating with doctors via online chat, and ordering prescription refills on various drug types. Pharmaceutical apps are similar to many other health, wellness, and fitness apps. Some of the most popular pharmaceuticals apps include MyFitnessPal and Lose It!. Examples of pharmaceutical apps built with Crowdbotics:

What is the typical cost to build a pharmaceutical app?

A pharmaceutical app usually costs about $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A pharmaceutical app with a low number of features (also known as a minimum viable product, or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality. For example, here are some previous pharmaceutical app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

How long does it take to build a pharmaceutical app?

A pharmaceutical app usually takes 282 hours to build. However, a pharmaceutical app can be built in as few as 27 hours, or in as many as 667 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your specific app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, complex logic, or non-standard release platforms. For example, some previous pharmaceutical apps build with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

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How to successfully grow your pharmaceutical application

A pharmaceutical app can attract users by providing free or discounted medication in exchange for patient reviews and ratings of their medication. Pharmaceutical apps need to be able to identify which medications are most effective for what types of conditions, and they must also provide a user-friendly interface that is simple for patients to navigate.

Risks and challenges of building a pharmaceutical application

Pharmaceutical apps are subject to the same regulatory oversight as traditional pharmaceutical companies, including FDA approval. While regulatory requirements vary by state, you will likely need to register with the FDA and comply with its regulations in order to sell your application to consumers. It is recommended that you seek legal counsel before building a pharmaceutical app and ensure that you comply with applicable regulations.