Drugs and Pharmacology - EMBASE  (BC Community Only)
Coverage: 1990-present
A subset of the EMBASE database, Drugs & Pharmacology provides comprehensive, world-wide coverage of the drug and pharmacology literature. Topics included are the effects and uses of drugs and drugs being developed, clinical and experimental aspects of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, side effects, and adverse reactions. Coverage includes all letters, reviews, editorial notes, and commentaries, in addition to every article. Records contain citations and abstracts.
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EMBASE Pharmacy  (BC Community Only)  
current 10 years
Pharmacy, a subset of the EMBASE database, covers all aspects of drug formulation, regulations and legal aspects, quality procedures, and pharmaceutical technology. The EMBASE databases complement the information available in MEDLINE. Records Contain Citations and Abstracts.

Please note: These databases are searched using the same strategies as CINAHL, the nursing database.


U.S. Food & Drug Administration
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.”
Web site includes regulations, alerts, news, and many informative links. See especially “Information for Health Professionals”

A web site edited by physicians for physicians and patients. The scope of coverage includes information about 3000 prescription pharmaceuticals and 400 illnesses, as well as articles written by experts.

Reports information on over 5000 products, updating every few days. FDA reports are updated yearly. Includes side effects, drug interactions, and prices.

Mosby’s Drug Consult
Provides information on the top 200 prescribed drugs, including prices. Features news articles, FDA drug approvals, drug indication and dosage updates, safety alerts, and links to pharmaceutical company web pages. (See “Mosby’s drugconsult” O’Neill Reference RS 55.2 .P48 in print and on CD-ROM.)

(Basic Reference books in Pharmacology are indicated in the Nursing Research Guide under “Additional Resources” )

Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide
Free searchable site provided by Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases, which provides “point-of-care” information about the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Requires registration to search by diagnosis, pathogen, and antibiotics. Site also provides free material for the pocket Blueberry, Pocket PC, and Palm. News and
literature reviews are also featured.
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ web page about the safe and effective use of pharmaceuticals.

The Vaccine Page
A member of the “Allied Vaccine Group” , “The Vaccine Page” offers news, a database for searching reliable information about vaccines, and links to the official web pages on vaccines by country, organization, provider or the public, as well as to some full-text articles.

CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service
Includes “Drug Directories” which covers Drugs Newly Approved by the FDA , NMT Weekly Trial Results, Drugs Currently in Clinical Research, and PDR Family Guides Drug Information. Also includes “Drugs in Clinical Trials” encompassing the Drugs in Clinical Trials Database.
Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, this site provides additional links to drug updates, patient teaching, weekly herbal features, tools to be used in patient care (requires free registration), links to agencies, organizations and companies, reference books, and news summaries.

HealthWeb - Pharmacy & Pharmacology
A collaboration of the Purdue Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences Library, Purdue University this subset of “Health Web” provides a link to information on drugs and diseases; to many continuing education web sites; to databases and some selected full-text journals, books and reference resources; and to research resources.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This center under the National Institutes of Health provides access to health information, research, clinical trials and news about complementary and alternative medicine , including herbal supplements.


Many hospitals have a pharmacy web page. For example:

Massachusetts General Hospital Pharmacy Department

Such web pages give policies, procedures and guidelines, formulary, IV medication guides, links to various web sites for organizations and pharmacy resources.


Wanda Anderson
Nursing/Health Sciences Librarian
617 552-4457
July 5, 2006