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International Drug Resources

(Also see Veterinary Medicine)



International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations is a global, non-profit, nongovernmental organization with members across the globe based in Geneva, Switzerland, representing the research-based pharmaceutical industry, including the biotechnology and vaccine sectors.

WHO (World Health Organization). Essential Medicines Selection. Geneva: WHO; 2001- . Also includes the National Medicine List/Formulary/Standard Treatment Guidelines alphabetical by nation.


British Pharmacopoeia (includes a Veterinary volume). London: British Pharmacopoeia Commission Secretariat of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency; 1977- . Also available online. Subscription required.

Drug Product Database (DPD) from Health Canada includes human pharmaceutical and biological drugs, veterinary drugs, radiopharmaceutical drugs and disinfectant products approved for use in Canada.

EMBASE indexes over 25 million article citations spanning 1947 – date, from over 7,600 biomedical journals and has specific Drug and Disease search features. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1988- . Subscription required.

eMC: electronic Medicines Compendium lists medicines licensed for use in the United Kingdom and checked by U.K and European government agencies. It includes Summaries of Product Characteristics (known as SPCs or SmPCs) and Patient Information Leaflets (known as PILs, Package Leaflets or PLs). London: DataPharm; 1977-.

European Medicines Agency. Search for Medicines database. London: European Medicines Agency; 1995- date.

European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) defines requirements for the qualitative and quantitative composition of medicines, the tests to be carried out on medicines and on substances and materials used in their production. 8th ed. Strasbourg (France): Council of Europe; European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care; 2013- . Online requires subscription, also available in print version.

International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA) covers articles from over 800 pharmaceutical and health care journals from 1970-date. Philadelphia: Thomson Reuters; 1978- . Subscription required. Available from various vendors such as DIALOG, EBSCOhost, ProQuest and OVID.

MedicinesComplete is an online source to leading drug resources. London (UK): Pharmaceutical Press; Royal Pharmaceutical Society; 2015- . Subscription required. Micromedex includes content from some international drug information sources such as Martindale: Complete Drug Reference. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 1999- , and Index Nominum: international drug directory. Zurich: Swiss Pharmaceutical Society; 1970- ; which are both also available in print versions. London: Trueven Health Analytics; 2013- .

NHS (National Health Services) Choices Medicines database by name or condition. London: National Health Services; 2013- .

PubMed from the National Library of Medicine comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE (1946 to date), life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central an open access archive (1809-date), and from publisher websites. Bethesda: National Library of Medicine; 1997-.

Japan Pharmaceutical Reference (in Japanese or English). Tokyo: Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association; [no date- .]

SCOPUS covers over 20,500 journals in the areas of health and life sciences, physical and social sciences and humanities. Subscription required. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2006- .

Web of Science covers over 12,000 biomedical and science journals. Philadelphia: Thomson Reuters; 2006- . Subscription required.

Selected Resources

Anuario Farmacológico Chile: ANFA. Providencia-Santiago de Chile: Publimed y Ciía. Ltda; 1988- . Annual. Pharmaceutical products in Chile. In Spanish.

Arzneimittel-Kompendium der Schweiz. Bern: Verlag Documed; 1978- . Annual. Pharmaceutical products in Switzerland. In German.

British National Formulary. London: the Pharmaceutical Press; 1981- . Semiannual.

Catálogo de medicamentos. Madrid: Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Farmaceéuticos; 2006 -. Annual. Pharmaceutical products in Spain. In Spanish.

Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (Canada). Toronto: Canadian Pharmacists Association: 1967- .

Compendium of Self-care Products: the Canadian reference on OTCs. Ottawa: Canadian Pharmacists Association; 2002- .

Dictionnaire Vidal. Paris: Office De Vulgarisation Pharmaceutique; 1961- . Annual. (Text in French). Pharmaceutical products in France.

Indian Pharmacopoeia. Delhi: Government of India; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Controller of Publications; 2010- . Pharmaceutical products in India.

L'Informatore Farmaceutico: annuario italiano dei medicamenti e dei laboratori. Milan: Elsevier; 1968- . Annual. Pharmaceutical products in Italy. In Italian.

Japanese Pharmacopoeia. 15th ed. Tokyo: Society of Japanese Pharmacopoeia; 2006- . (In English and Japanese). Pharmaceutical products in Japan.

Milne GWAS, editor. Drugs: synonyms & properties. 2nd ed. Aldershot (U.K.): Ashgate; 2002. Provides comprehensive coverage of over 10,000 drugs currently in use worldwide. Includes an index of 60,000 drug synonyms and trade names with a cross reference to their main entry.

Registr lekarstvennykh sredstv Rossii: RLS [Encyclopedia of Russian Medications]. Moscow: Infarmkhim; Vedanta; 1993- . Annual. Print and online. Subscription required for online access. [in Russian]

Rote List. Frankfurt/Main (Germany): Herausgeber und Verlag; 1935- . Annual. (Text in German). Pharmaceutical products in Germany.

Spravochnik Vidal: lekarstevennye preparaty v Rossii [Directory of Medications in Russia]. Moscow: AstraFarmServis; Vidal Russia; 1995- . Annual. Print and online. Subscription required for online access. [in Russian]

Vademecum Farmacológico. Providencia-Santiago de Chile: Publimed y Ciía. Ltda; - . Annual. Specialized pharmaceutical products in Chile. In Spanish.

WHO (World Health Organization) Model Lists of Essential Medicines includes drug lists editions for Adults, 1991- ; and editions for Children, 2007- .

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