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New drug information resources for pharmacists at the National Library of Medicine

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (Impact Factor: 1.24). 12/2013; 54(1):e48-e54. DOI: 10.1331/JAPhA.2014.13123
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ABSTRACT

Objective:
To provide an overview of selected drug information-related databases of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with a focus on newer resources that support the professional information needs of pharmacists and other health care providers.

Summary:
NLM, which is the world's largest medical library, provides an array of bibliographic, factual, and evidence-based drug, herbal remedy, and dietary supplement information resources. Five of the more recently introduced online resources include areas of particular importance to pharmacists, including a repository of current product labeling/package inserts, with automated search links to associated information resources; a portal to drug information that allows pharmacists to search multiple databases simultaneously and link to related medication and health care information resources; authoritative information on the effects of medications, herbal remedies, and dietary supplements in nursing infants and their mothers; comprehensive information, including a case registry, on the potential for liver toxicity due to drugs, herbal remedies, and dietary supplements; and a pill identification system with two intuitive search methodologies.

Conclusion:
NLM provides several clinical-scientific drug information resources that are particularly useful in meeting the professional information needs of pharmacists.

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