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Drug Information Resources: Resources by Question Type (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 (Licensed for academic use only) , 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 (Licensed for academic use only) MICROMEDEX EMBASE , PubMed
Contraindications AHFS Drug Information Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only), 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 (Licensed for academic use only) , MICROMEDEX , Gold Standard (Clincal Key) DailyMed, Manufacturers’ web sites
Drug administration AHFS Drug Information Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) , MICROMEDEX , Gold Standard (Clincal Key) Manufacturers’ web sites, NLM Drug Information Portal
Drug interactions (drug-drug, drug-food, drug-lab tests, drug-disease, etc.) Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only), MICROMEDEX, Natural Medicines , UpToDate (Lexi-Interact) Drug Interactions Program Gold Standard (Clinical Key) , PubMed
Drugs in pregnancy and lactation Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) , MICROMEDEX (ReproRisk), Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation (Briggs), LactMed AHFS Drug Information , Gold Standard (Clincal Key) , Natural Medicines
Herbal, natural & homepathic products, dietary supplements Natural Medicines CINAHL Plus , EMBASE , MICROMEDEX , product web sites
Identification (foreign) Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) , MICROMEDEX (Martindale’s), European Medicines Agency (EMEA) EMBASE , Web
Identification (domestic) Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only), MICROMEDEXNLM Pillbox product websites (see How Supplied section of package insert)
Immunization schedules CDC web site UpToDate , Immunization Action Coalition
Industry BCC Research Nexis Uni  (contains Pink Sheet, MedTech Insight, In Vivo, Scrip Intelligence), MarketResearch.com Academic  Factiva Centerwatch 
IV compatibility MICROMEDEX (Trissel's) Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide
Manufacturer’s information, i.e. addresses, phone numbers, etc. Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) , Manufacturer's web site  
Non-proprietary and Proprietary Names AHFS Drug Information , Drugs@FDAFacts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only)MICROMEDEX UpToDate DailyMed, product web sites, PubMed
Nursing considerations Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide Davis' Drug Guide 
Over-the-counter products Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) , MICROMEDEX Web sites
Patient counseling/education Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only), MEDLINEPlus, MICROMEDEX, Natural Medicines FDA for Consumers
Pharmacokinetics AHFS Drug Information Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) MICROMEDEX DailyMed,  product web sites, EMBASE PubMed
Pharmacology AHFS Drug Information, Basic & Clinical Pharmacology Textbook, Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) , MICROMEDEX , Goodman & Gilman's EMBASE , product web sites, NLM Drug Information Portal
Regulatory/legal information FDA web site, Pharmacy Practice & the Law Nexis Uni USA.gov
Therapeutic use (approved indications) AHFS Drug Information ,  Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) , MICROMEDEX DailyMed, FDA web site
Therapeutic use (off-label uses) AHFS Drug Information MICROMEDEX PubMed
Toxicology/poisoning Facts & Comparisons (Licensed for academic use only) , MICROMEDEX ToxNet
Current news Nexis Uni  News sites

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