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Finding Drug Information

Resources by Topic

Drug Information Resources: Resources by Topic

But what resource should I begin with? It depends upon the type of question.

This table identifies specific resources, as starting points, to answer common question types (listed alphabetically). Links to the resources are also given so you can practice with them.

Resources by Question Type

Question Type First Choices Next Choices
Adverse effects AHFS Drug Information , Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX UpToDate DailyMed , Manufacturers’ web sites, PubMed
Bioequivalency FDA Electronic Orange Book AHFS Drug Information
Chemical Data AHFS Drug Information , NLM Drug Information Portal MICROMEDEX
Clinical Trials ClinicalTrials.gov  
Comparative Information AHFS Drug Information , Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX EMBASE , PubMed
Contraindications AHFS Drug Information , Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX , Gold Standard (Clincal Key) Manufacturers’ web sites, NLM Drug Information Portal, PubMed
Cost UpToDate Commercial web sites such as GoodRX.com
Disease state information Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 9th ed , Dynamed MEDLINEPlus, Stat!Ref , UpToDate MICROMEDEX , Natural Medicines , Clinical Key
Dosage Recommendations AHFS Drug Information , Facts & Comparisons eAnswers MICROMEDEX , Gold Standard (Clincal Key) DailyMed, Manufacturers’ web sites
Drug administration AHFS Drug Information Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX , Gold Standard (Clincal Key) Manufacturers’ web sites, NLM Drug Information Portal
Drug interactions (drug-drug, drug-food, drug-lab tests, etc.) Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX, Natural Medicines , UpToDate (Lexi-Interact) Drug Interactions Program Gold Standard (Clinical Key) , PubMed
Drugs in pregnancy and lactation MICROMEDEX (ReproRisk), LactMed AHFS Drug Information , Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , Gold Standard (Clincal Key) , Natural Medicines
Herbal, natural & homepathic products, dietary supplements Natural Medicines , Review of Natural Products (Facts & Comparisons eAnswers) BIOSIS Previews CINAHL Plus , EMBASE , MICROMEDEX , BIOSISweb sites
Identification (foreign) MICROMEDEX (Martindale’s), European Medicines Agency (EMEA) EMBASE , Web
Identification (domestic) Facts & Comparisons eAnswers, MICROMEDEXNLM Pillbox ChemIDPlus, PubMed, Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide
IV compatibility MICROMEDEX (Trissel's) Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide
Immunization schedules CDC web site Gold Standard (Clincal Key) , Immunization Action Coalition, UpToDate
Manufacturer’s information, i.e. addresses, phone numbers, etc. Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , Manufacturers web sites DailyMed
Non-proprietary and Proprietary Names AHFS Drug Information , Drugs@FDAFacts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX UpToDate DailyMed , Manufacturers’ web sites, PubMed
Nursing considerations Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide  
Over-the-counter products Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX Web sites
Patient counseling/education MEDLINEPlus, MICROMEDEX, Natural Medicines Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , FDA for Consumers
Pharmacokinetics AHFS Drug Information , Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX DailyMed,  Manufacturers’ web sites, PubMed
Pharmacology AHFS Drug Information, Facts & Comparisons eAnswers, Basic & Clinical Pharmacology Textbook, MICROMEDEX , Goodman & Gilman's EMBASE , manufacturers’ web sites, NLM Drug Information Portal
Regulatory/legal information FDA web site, Nexis Uni USA.gov
Therapeutic use (approved indications) AHFS Drug Information Facts & Comparisons eAnswers MICROMEDEX DailyMed, FDA web site, Manufacturers’ web sites
Therapeutic use (off-label uses) AHFS Drug Information Facts & Comparisons eAnswers , MICROMEDEX PubMed
Toxicology/poisoning MICROMEDEX ToxNet
Current news Nexis Uni  News sites

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