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October 12, 2007 [posted]
January 29, 2008 [Editor's note added]

Patient Drug Information Available from PubMed®

starting October 12, 2007, some PubMed users will see links to a drug information resource on over two million citations. PubMed's AbstractPlus display format includes links to "Patient Drug Information" from MedMaster™; a publication of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and a new monograph on the NCBI Bookshelf. (For additional information see MedMaster™ Patient Drug Information Now Available from Bookshelf. NLM Tech Bull. 2007 Sep-Oct; (358):e4.)

MedMaster drug information includes brand names and helpful information about the drug. Of the over two million citations with "Patient Drug Information" links, 95% display three or fewer links. Those that have more than three "Patient Drug Information" links will show three links and also have a link that reads "See all # Drug Reports," which will take you to a Bookshelf page with all the links to drug information that can be explored (see Figure 1.) The links are generated using the drug name searches that are expanded based on regular PubMed mapping, e.g., albuterol will map to "albuterol"[MeSH Terms] OR albuterol[Text Word] and the citations retrieved will include a drug link to MedMaster for albuterol.

The links will initially appear during randomly selected PubMed sessions, therefore not all users will see them. We expect that this feature will be expanded to all users if it proves to be popular.

[Editor's note: This feature was made available to all users on January 29, 2008.]

Patient Drug Information Available from PubMed®. NLM Tech Bull. 2007 Sep-Oct; (358):e7.

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