Tools for Advancing Pharmacy Practice
New drug information resources for pharmacists at the National Library of Medicine
James E. Knoben; Steven J. Phillips
J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) 2014;54:49-55. doi:10.1331/JAPhA.2014.13123
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James E. Knoben: James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, Drug Information Consultant, Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Steven J. Phillips: Steven J. Phillips, MD, Director, Specialized Information Services Division, and Associate Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


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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