A free information prescription program from the National Library of Medicine
What is information Rx ?
Information Rx is a free and easy way to refer people to trustworthy consumer health Web sites produced by the National Library of Medicine.
Physicians, other healthcare professionals, and librarians can order free Information Rx “prescription” pads to refer people to MedlinePlus.gov and/or Genetics Home Reference. Both consumer-friendly Web sites are produced by the National Library of Medicine. The Web sites are free, do not contain advertising, are reviewed by experts, and are updated regularly.
The National Library of Medicine created Information Rx to help people better understand health information, to enhance conversations between healthcare providers and patients, and to encourage the use of evidence-based health information on the Internet. (More)
Information Rx Ordering System
Information Rx health information materials can be obtained by contacting the National Library of Medicine Office of Communications and Public Liaison. Please complete an order form for MedlinePlus materials and/or Genetics Home Reference materials and fax to 301-496-4450. Or, you may phone in the order to 301-496-6308. Thank you for your interest in the Information Rx program.
MedlinePlus.gov provides information on hundreds of diseases, conditions, and wellness topics, as well as the latest news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, information on prescription and over-the counter medications, and much more. The site is available in English and Spanish.
Information Rx MedlinePlus order form. (PDF)
Genetics Home Reference
Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information for people who want to learn about genetics and inherited conditions.
The site, launched in 2003, provides a starting point for learning about genetics and inherited conditions.
Information Rx Genetics Home Reference order form. (PDF)
More About Information RX
The National Library of Medicine created Information Rx to help people better understand health information, to enhance conversations between healthcare providers and patients, and to encourage the use of evidence-based health information on the Internet.
The National Library of Medicine initiated Information Rx in 2002. The information prescription program directing people to MedlinePlus.gov was launched nationally in 2004. Four medical associations are partners in promoting MedlinePlus.gov: the American College of Physicians Foundation, the National Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
The information prescription program directing people to Genetics Home Reference was launched in 2006. The partnership includes the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development and four medical associations: The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American College of Medical Genetics.
Last Reviewed: November 7, 2018