FAQ: Drug Information
The following are sources for drug information, including formulations and interactions, to consult in addition to your doctor or pharmacist:
- The Drug Information Portal is a gateway to current drug information from the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) and other government agencies, including some of the resources below.
- MedlinePlus® Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information provides information about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies, including side effects, dosage, special precautions. This information is from the DailyMed® provides the same information about prescription drugs that appears on medication package inserts or boxes.
- MEDLINE®/PubMed® and TOXLINE® provide citations to published professional biomedical journal articles. For more information, see the MEDLINE® Fact Sheet and the TOXLINE Fact Sheets.
- Drugs.com provides drug information on more than 24,000 prescription and over-the-counter medicines & natural products. Its Drugs Interactions Checker explains drug interactions, and you can check for possible interactions between your medicine(s) and food.
- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has experts to answer drug information questions. Contact CDER through their contact form or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- FDA Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations describes approved drug products for humans by name, brand name, applicant, application number, and US patent number.
- FDA Approved Animal Drug Products (Green Book) provides a list of animal drug products, methods of use, safety, and effectiveness.
- British National Formulary (BNF) is free to residents of the UK and selected developing countries. Find out how to register free at https://www.bnf.org/faqs/.
- European Medicines Agency is from the European Union
- Heads of Medicines Agencies searchable by country for authorities in the European Union, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein
- WHO Model List of Essential Medicines is from the World Health Organization
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
- International Pharmaceutical Federation (IPF)
- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
- International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA)
- Contact your local public, hospital, or university library to ask what resources are available to you.
- Look for information on a drug company's Web site.
- For information about gluten free drugs or food, check with your pharmacy or the food or drug manufacturer for ingredients. NLM does not maintain a list of gluten free drugs or foods.
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