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This guide will provide information on Drug Resources & Supplements, etc
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What is Drug Information?

It is called drug information, medication information, or drug informatics.  It’s really the discovery, use, and management of information in the use of medications. Drug information covers the gamut from identification, cost, and pharmacokinetics to dosage and adverse effects.  You may also need information about the body, health, or diseases in order to better utilize the drug information.

NLM's Drug Information Portal

The National Library of Medicine has established the Drug Information Portal as a convenient way to search for information from multiple sources on nearly 20,000 drugs.  Individual databases searched and linked to are listed below, but you can enter your search once in the Drug Information Portal and all databases with results will be shown.

  • .MedlinePlus: Drugs & Supplements
    Summary of drug information. Prescription and over-the-counter medication information is from AHFS® Consumer Medication Informatio
  • AIDSInfo
    Summary of HIV/AIDS treatment
  • LactMed
    The LactMed® database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced. A peer review panel reviews the data to assure scientific validity and currency.

  • DailyMed
    Manufacturers drug label
  • Dietary Supplements Labels Database
    Summary of ingredients and label information
  • is a Web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. The Web site is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Information on is provided and updated by the sponsor or principal investigator of the clinical study. Studies are generally submitted to the Web site (that is, registered) when they begin, and the information on the site is updated throughout the study. In some cases, results of the study are submitted after the study ends. This Web site and database of clinical studies is commonly referred to as a "registry" and "results database."
  • PillBox
    he Pillbox website was developed to aid in the identification of unknown pills (oral solid dosage form medications). It combines images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications.

    Once a pill has been identified, additional information is provided, including brand/generic name, ingredients, and the National Drug File identification number. Links are provided to NLM drug information resources, such as drug labels from DailyMed and the Drug Information Portal, which searches NIH and FDA drug information resources.
  • Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)
    HSDB is a toxicology database that focuses on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals. It provides information on human exposure, industrial hygiene, emergency handling procedures, environmental fate, regulatory requirements, nanomaterials, and related areas. The information in HSDB has been assessed by a Scientific Review Panel.
  • Medline/PubMed
    ubMed, available via the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Entrez life sciences retrieval system, was developed at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the U.S. National Institutues of Health (NIH). Entrez is the text-based search and retrieval system used at NCBI for services including PubMed, Nucleotide and Protein Sequences, Protein Structures, Complete Genomes, Taxonomy, OMIM, and many others. PubMed provides access to bibliographic information that includes MEDLINE and OLDMEDLINE
    TOXNET, is a cluster of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. It is managed by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). TOXNET provides free access to and easy searching of a number of toxicology databases including: HSDB (R) (Hazardous Substances Data Bank), IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System), Carcinogenic Potency Database, CCRIS (Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System), GENE-TOX (Genetic Toxicology), Tox Town, Household Products Database, Haz-Map (R), TOXMAP, and LactMed (Drugs and Lactation). TOXNET also includes toxicology literature and chemical identification databases: TOXLINE, DART (R)/ETIC (Development and Reproductive Toxicology/Environmental Teratology Information Center), Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and ChemIDplus.
  • PubChem
    PubChem, released in 2004, provides information on the biological activities of small molecules.
    PubChem is organized as three linked databases within the NCBI's Entrez information retrieval system. These are PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound, and PubChem BioAssay. PubChem also provides a fast chemical structure similarity search tool. More information about using each component database may be found using the links in the homepage.
  • NIAID ChemDB
    Welcome to the new ChemDB HIV, Opportunistic Infection and Tuberculosis Therapeutics Database. This database contains information extracted from scientific literature on the structure and activity of compounds that have been tested against HIV, HIV enzymes or opportunistic pathogens.
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
    The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets

Drug Safety

FDA : Food and Drug Administration

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) website at the Food and Drug Administration contains information on drug approvals, labeling, side effects, equivalency, and withdrawals.  Specific resources are listed below.

  • Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (Orange Book)
    List of FDA approved drugs by active ingredient, proprietary name, applicant holder or applicant number.
  • Drugs @FDA
    Information about FDA-approved brand name and generic prescription and over-the-counter human drugs and biological therapeutic products. Drugs@FDA includes most of the drug products approved since 1939. The majority of patient information, labels, approval letters, reviews, and other information are available for drug products approved since 1998.
  • National Drug Code Directory
    Limited to prescription drugs and insulin products that have been manufactured, prepared, propagated, compounded, or processed by registered establishments for commercial distribution. Drug products are identified and reported using a unique, three-segment number, called the National Drug Code (NDC), which is a universal product identifier for human drugs.
  • Inactive Ingredient Search for Approved Drug Products
    Database provides ability to search for inactive ingredients in approved drug products.
  • Dissolution Methods
    For a drug product that does not have a dissolution test method in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the FDA Dissolution Methods Database provides information on dissolution methods presently recommended by the Division of Bioequivalence, Office of Generic Drugs.
  • Bioresearch Monitoring Information System
    List of clinical investigators, contract research organizations, and institutional review boards involved in the conduct of Investigational New Drug studies with human investigational drugs.
  • Acronyms and Abbreviations
    The emphasis is on scientific, regulatory, government agency, and computer application terms. The database includes some FDA organizational and program acronyms.
  • New Pediatric Labeling Information Database
    This list highlights key pediatric information from the studies submitted in response to pediatric legislative initiatives. To obtain all the information for a pediatric labeling change, select the pediatric labeling date in the first column of the database to reveal the additional information.

Drug Interactions

In addition to the 'Interactions' sections available in most drug monographs (see Drug Information & Drug Monographs on this page), the following speciality tools can help identify specific drug interactions.

Medication Errors & Safe Medication Practices


Drug Safety Info from the FDA


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