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Drug Databases and Resources by Title/Description

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NOTE: Unfortunately, we do not own our electronic resources but only lease them under strict contractual agreements that restrict their use to full-time faculty, staff and students.  Therefore, we cannot give preceptors remote access to them. However, the following online resources provide free access to drug databases that are generally comparable.



Disclaimer:  Some free resources are supported by companies who are marketing their products.  Most make it clear that the medical content is independently generated and that sponsored content is clearly identified; however, users need to vet those resources for potential bias.  It is good practice to consult more than one resource. 

Drug Resources by Title/Description

Compounding Recipes Index
From the pharmacists at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, this site gives compounding recipes/instructions for the most commonly requested drugs. 

Updated daily with content from the FDA. It contains high quality info for providers and the public on over 40,000 marketed drugs. It uses a ‘standard package label’ which is reformatted to make it easier to read but whose content has not been altered. DailyMed is useful for finding Adverse Effects,  Brand Names and Availability, Drug Ingredients, Indications and Dosage,  Neutraceuticals, OTCs, Prescription Drug Labels, Warnings.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database
Includes information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements, allowing comparison of ingredients and amounts among brands.

A noncommercial, evidence-based site with information on prescription, OTC, herbal and nutraceutical products. It provides basic consumer-level information.

Drug Information Portal

A gateway for the public and health care professionals and researchers. Search for a prescription, over-the-counter, herbal, or nutraceutical name, and the site will provide links to additional information from a variety of United States-government-produced websites. Includes links to research articles, drug monographs, labels, and more. Can also be searched by drug category. 

Drugs.com provides free, peer-reviewed, accurate and independent data on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products. In addition to professional-level information, there are consumer-level reference guides. Includes a pill identifier and an interactions checker. Based on information from the American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS DI), United States Food and Drug Administration, Micromedex and MedFacts.

Epocrates Online
You can view Epocrates online or download onto a mobile device. There are different versions of the product available, ranging from FREE to $199/year. Monographs are geared to professionals and cover frequently used prescription and OT drugs. The free version includes pill identifier, interactions checker and free updates and medical news.

Green Book
FDA-approved animal drug products.

Herbs at a Glance  
Facts sheets on commonly used herbs. Gives everyday and Latin names, how they are used medicinally, and summaries of and citations to research on the topic.

Hazardous Substances Database Bank (HSDB)
Comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for about 5,000 commonly used or encountered chemicals.

HIV Drug Interactions
Freely available to health care professionals and patients, this site from the University of Liverpool provides reliable, comprehensive and up-to-date evidence based information on interactions between human immunodeficiency virus drugs and common prescription drugs, OTC products, herbal products and street drugs.   

This is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of research articles on drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.

Merck Veterinary Manual
This classic text provides overviews of pharmacokinetics, drug action and pharmacodynamics and dosage forms and delivery systems.

Information on the safety and risk of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and lactation. Includes brief literature reviews and meta-analyses. From the clinicians and statisticians of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

Pill Identification – WebMD
Identify prescription and over-the-counter drugs available in the US by inputting shape, color or imprint.

Enter info such as imprint, size, color to find matching products. Once a pill is identified, you will be linked to drug labels and other info from NIH wesites.

This site, authored by pharmacists and physicians, gives current detailed package-insert-type information on brand and generic drugs and popular vitamins and supplements. Both professional-level and patient-level information are provided. Also contains a pill identifier, dictionary, and overviews of diseases and conditions. 

Sloan-Kettering - About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
Evidence-based information for professionals and consumers. Monographs include info on scientific and common names, clinical summary, uses, constituents, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, aderse reactions, herb-drug interactions, and lab interactions. Reference lists are also provided. Search by product name or indication.

Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
This page, run by the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), permits searching or browsing to find regulatory and application information on licensed products and premarket approvals, as well as consumer and professionally-focused information. 




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