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Drug Information From the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Posted by Marcus Zillman

Drug Information From the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Scope covers: a) Drug questions are among the most frequently asked medical questions in the medical, public, and academic libraries. Patients want to understand the drugs being prescribed to them; b) Physicians need information on new drugs and may also ask for confirmation of information they receive from the drug representatives; c) Drug information is complicated by the variety of generic and product names; d) The guide is not exhaustive in scope or coverage, but representative of drug information resources used by consumers, health providers, and researchers; e) Resources are also selected by staff with past reference, bibliographic instruction, and collection development experience in consumer health, hospital, academic, and government medical libraries; and f) The following resources were also reviewed: i) ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference. Chicago: American Library Association; 2011; ii) Snow B. Drug Information: a guide to current resources. 3rd ed. Chicago: Medical Library Association; published by New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers; 2008. The drug resources listed in this guide include: 1) Primary organizations and databases developed for consumers and health professionals; 2) Web-based drug information that can be used to answer questions about United States and International drugs, prescription and over-the-counter as well as dietary supplements and herbals; 3) Statistics, regulations, directories, and bibliographic databases; 4) Some of the resources listed also include printed books and databases that may require a subscription but would be useful for a researcher; 5) Coverage of specialized aspects of drug information such as adverse effects, toxicology, and pill identification; 6) Resources for specific audiences such as consumers, nurses, dental personnel, and veterinarians are included; and 7) Resources for specific uses such as cancer, analgesia, and complementary medicine. See the Table of Contents for additional coverage of the guide. This will be added to Healthcare Resources Subject Tracer™.

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