National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal

The National Library of Medicine has released the NLM Drug Information Portal. Here’s how they describe it:

This resource provides the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers with a gateway to current and accurate drug information from the National Library of Medicine and to other key government agencies…

More than 12,000 drugs can be searched using this facility. The portal covers drugs from the time they are entered into clinical trials ( through their entry in the market place (Drugs@FDA). The PubMed/Medline link provides medical literature describing research, and TOXLINE provides toxicology literature. Resources such as MedlinePlus provide easy to read summaries of the uses and efficacy of a drug.

You may search by a drug’s trade name or generic name. For example, the trade name “Advil” and the generic name “ibuprofen” will retrieve the same drug record. A spell checker gives suggestions if the name is not found. You can find embedded portions of names by using an asterisk at the beginning and/or end of a search term. Once a drug is found, a summary of the drug’s type and usage is given, as well as links leading to further information at one of the portal’s resources. Outside links open in a new window. Within a given  drug record, you may click on the drug category and retrieve drugs with the same or similar uses.

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