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Smart Medicine
Mod, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
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Feb 22, 2018 @ 11:08am
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Smart Medicine

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Some smart choices and options when using medicine


"Alright, that raider base was tough, but we killed them all and we can recover here for a day"

"I'm going to rest until healed"

"I will patch up that wound for you"

"Good thing we brought medicine on the caravan, because this looks bad"

"Oh, no, I'm not going to use that medicine, It's all the way on the pack animal! Let me just cover your wound with my hands"

"No wait, I have medicine, please u-"



Has this even happened to you? Smart Medicine is a mod that will make your life better, in a few Smart ways.

When you are on a caravan, doctors don't use medicine in their inventory, or grab it from a pack animal.

This fixes that, fixes other stupid medicine-related decisions, and adds a thing or two as well.


Inventory Medicine: Doctors use medicine from the patient's inventory, or anyone else. (1.3 added doctor's inventory)

Stock Up On Medicine: Doctors can carry a set amount of medicine with them at all times. Also stock up drugs, with a button to use them from inventory. Stocking up is not done when there is medical work to do.

(Set up your medicine amounts from a button in the colonist's inventory Gear tab.)

Hey! Stocking up is an old and tiny feature. Apparently Awesome Inventory improves upon this. Not that I've even opened that mod, but that's what I hear.

RimWorld 1.3 Added a little stockup feature and it sits alongside this one. Ignore it I guess.

Minimal medicine for non-urgent care: (i.e. bruises). Injuries that bleed, get infected, or leave a scar are urgent and need good quality tending. Otherwise, it's not important to use valuable medicine. In vanilla, only bruises are non-urgent. Note that injuries are tended in batches, so non-urgent injuries can be treated alongside urgent injuries. (As featured in QOLTweaksPack)

Field tending: An option to treat patients anywhere - or only if there are no beds available. Patients will lie down in place with no beds available, or you can draft them to stand in place to receive treatment. A magic blue circle will appear so that pawns think they're in a bed and don't search for beds.

RimWorld 1.3 added the ability to order to tend basically anything while drafted - but this only uses inventory medicine (Smart Medicine expands this to include other people's inventories - not forcing tend, but letting them decide to tend on their down, will allow Smart Medicine options like getting nearby ground medicine)

Best medicine for Surgery An option next to medical care settings to use best medicine for surgery, regardless of other settings.

Custom Care for each injury - right click the injury in the list to set what medicine to use on it. Keep in mind wounds are tended in batches so setting it lower is not saying "never use better", it's more "don't bother with better for lil' old me - but if something else needs it, I'll take it too" (Also note, this effect is not saved after loading)


Technically, medicine used from the inventory is always dropped, and immediately picked back up. The code did not allow inventory medicine to be used directly without major overhaul. (1.3 uses doctor's inventory, and Smart Medicine ignores that and drops it)

Does not require a new game or affect save files. You will just need to make sure no one is stocking up on meds, then the mod can be removed (it'll log an error next load, but then it's fine)

Works with Pharmacist. Though I don't personally use it - the features are mostly redundant now that Smart Medicine has a simple "Best for surgery" if that's good enough for you.


Do you want to get food from animal's inventory? Meals on Wheels

Do you want to sleep in a bedroll from your inventory? Use Bedrolls

Do you want to build from your inventory? Build From Inventory


Do you want to tend prisoners in the field? Someone else made that happen: Imprisonment On The Go


Ludeon Forum thread: https://ludeon.com/forums/index.php?topic=39187.0
Source on Github: https://github.com/alextd/Rimworld-SmartMedicine
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Popular Discussions View All (4)
Jul 7 @ 2:52am
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Apr 15, 2021 @ 5:29am
Colonists can't stock up resources from Vanilla Expanded Storage
Nish the Fish
Jawsh Jul 11 @ 2:01am 
Same here, pawns just stand in place forever until saves are reloaded
XyTheur Jul 8 @ 12:21pm 
@Lost lane = afk can confirm, mod breaks game; makes pawns endlessly wander forever
Дисциплина Jul 7 @ 2:54am 
mod doesnt work correctly now. Dont use it {LINK REMOVED}
Chesse5552024 Jun 28 @ 11:43pm 
is work with first aid
Cyber Jun 28 @ 12:18pm 
Just realized that Pharmacist does exactly what I was asking. I guess that's what I get for not investigating just a little further. Thanks for reading anyway!
Cyber Jun 28 @ 12:13pm 
I would love to see an option to select the medicine desired for performing surgeries/operations. Per pawn would be awesome, but honestly, a global option works fine for my needs. I don't necessarily want Glitterworld medicine to be used for all my operations. I'd rather save those for critical illnesses, the biosculptor, and just keep them to use at my discretion. Industrial medicine is more than fine for a competent doctor.

Plus, I personally, and I'm sure many others, use other mods that change how surgery (and failure) is handled. So this mod would be that much more amazing if that were an option.

Thanks for a great mod all the same!
camping_master Jun 14 @ 5:24pm 
@DomB Thank you so much you saved my game xD
DomB May 30 @ 3:10pm 
Unofficial 1.5 fork (Pawn Freeze + Pharmacist Fix + Hemogen):

- Fixes pawns freezing on the spot
- Fixes compatibility with Pharmacist
- Adds Hemogen to Stock Up

For a 1.5 version of Pharmacist:
Fun Police May 23 @ 3:08pm 
@Stupid kid I agree 100%, also would be really good for blood transfusions
Fun Police May 23 @ 3:07pm 
@kezza596 I've noticed that when I set a medicine type that's better than the pawn's allowed medicine, using lesser medicine seems to work fine for me