ANSHealth offers two (2) license options depending on usage and distribution, though technically they provide the same source code. No matter which license you choose, the overall business benefit of ePostRx is a dramatically lower total cost of ownership, which in-turn lowers your cost per prescription fill.
Thanks to our dual licensing model, we are capable of producing superior software at a much lower cost than proprietary software vendors. Our dual licensing options include:
- The Commercial License, which allows you to provide commercial software licenses to your customers or distribute ePostRx-based applications. This is for organizations that do not want to release the source code for their applications as open source / free software; in other words they do not want to comply with the GNU General Public License (GPL).
- For those developing open source applications, the Open Source License allows you to offer your software under an open source / free software license to all who wish to use, modify, and distribute it freely. The Open Source License allows you to use the software at no charge under the condition that if you use ePostRx in an application you redistribute, the complete source code for your application must be available and freely redistributable under reasonable conditions. ePostRx bases its interpretation of the GPL on the
Free Software Foundation's Frequently Asked Questions.
At ANSHealth, we believe in open source / free software and we welcome all initiatives to publish more software under the GPL license, just as we have done.
In their simplest form, the following are general licensing guidelines:
|GNU General Public License
||Commercial License Non-GPL
| Easy source download and trial. Must distribute.
||Application source code stays private. No distribution.
| Support from user community
||Commercial Support assurances from ANSHealth.
| Easier debugging and integration
||Full-time, dedicated development team
| Very high code quality
||Ongoing maintenance and development, documentation, testing
| No escrow issues
||Single vendor to hold accountable
| Freedom from vendor lock-in
||Multiple Support Tiers available
For OEM's, ISVs, corporate, and government users, a commercial license is the proper solution because it provides you with assurance from the vendor and releases you from the strict requirements of the GPL license.
Note: If your use of ePostRx does not require a commercial license, but you like ePostRx and want to encourage further development, you are certainly welcome to purchase a license or ePostRx support. If you use ePostRx in a commercial context such that you profit by its use, we ask that you further the development of ePostRx by purchasing some level of support. We feel if ePostRx helps your pharmacy business, it's reasonable to ask that you help ePostRx.
Nevertheless, you can test ePostRx under the GPL license and inspect the source code before you purchase a commercial non-GPL license or try the online demo.
*Note: All packages are available for distribution via CD for $80. If your bandwidth is limited and you don't want to wait for lengthy downloads, you can purchase all you need to get started with ePostRx on a single CD! CD also includes IntelliJ 5.0+ IDE project information(.ipr) just like our ePostRx developers use and other surprises! Just add it to your cart.
IMPORTANT - Proprietary Vendor APIs
Although ePostRx Community Edition is free and 100% GPL, there are a few vendor proprietary APIs and source code files (~10) that are not included in the final GPL software bundle. These files were intentionally omitted because of non-disclosure agreements currently enforced between ANSHealth and third party vendors who would not allow ANSHealth to bundle their associated code. These areas include:
- Drug Database Interface (Medispan, First Databank...)
- Interactive Voice Recognition (Telemanager,Ateb,Voice Tech...)
- Auto Fulfillment (McKesson,ScriptPro,ProRata,AutoMed...)
If you wish to gain access to these files, you will need to purchase a
so ANSHealth can enforce these agreements. However, ANSHealth would suggest that the community pressure those company's mentioned above to release their APIs/specifications to the ePostRx community for future GPL releases. ANSHealth believes most of these APIs or specifications are just conduits to their actual Intellectual Property (data or hardware) and should be made available to the community. For example, it's not like we're asking them to make available the Drug Database data or specifications on the IVR or fulfillment hardware, just the APIs to access it!
Most of the support jars are included in the software bundle and are available for free and licensed under various Open Source licenses (GNU GPL, LGPL, Apache, BSD etc..). With exception to those proprietary vendors listed above, the other jars you will need to download to build ePostRx are the following:
- Swiss Sql One API
If you have any questions about Licensing, please checkout our License FAQ
or contact the ANSHealth Sales Team
to explore the options available for your specific scenario.
OSI = Open Source Initiative, www.opensource.org/licenses
GPL = GNU General Public License, www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html