Archive for the ‘Drug Information’ Category

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database is a website provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for consumers and researchers interested in understanding and comparing the labels and ingredients making up brand name dietary supplements. The web site seeks to answer questions regarding active and inactive ingredients in each product, daily recommended nutrients, and medical benefits and toxicity of specific ingredients. The database is leased from the Dietary On-Line Database (DSOL) from DeLima Associates, which consolidates information from public sources, product labels, and manufacturer websites for over 6,000 dietary supplements.

Alphabetical listings are provided for both products and active ingredients. Products can also be searched by the subcategories of:  men, women, seniors, kids/teens. Search results return product, ingredient, and manufacturer information. Subcategories for active ingredients include:  vitamins, minerals, herbs/plants, amino acids, and enzymes.  Ingredient search results return descriptions, listings of related names and products, as well as reference links to other NLM databases, such as PubMed and MedlinePlus.  Through these links users obtain more detailed explanations as to how the ingredients are used, as well as to related adverse effects. Direct links to the National Institute of Health provide additional health information, fact sheets, research findings and information regarding on-going clinical studies.

It should be noted that inclusion of a product within this database does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the NLM. In addition, products are not tested and information is not verified for accuracy.  As formulations change regularly, and lags in updates may occur, users should corroborate the details on the site against product labels or verify additional questions directly with the manufacturer. To facilitate this process, the site provides an alphabetical listing of contact information for all manufacturers. A glossary and links to related resources are provided as well.

<submitted by Karin Saric>

Natural Standard: the Authority on Integrative Medicine

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Natural Standard is a database of evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. It utilizes a grading system which reflects the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition.

Included in Natural Standard are database sections on foods, herbs & supplements; health & wellness; comparative effectiveness; brand names; charts & tables; medical conditions; sports medicine; genomics & proteomics; environmental & global health; and animal health. The database can be searched using keywords or browsed by topics and it is frequently updated.

<submitted by Cathy Brown>

Featured Resource: MICROMEDEX® 2.0

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

MICROMEDEX® 2.0 includes the full-text of the PDR, USP-DI, Martindale’s, and many others. It also includes information about alternative therapies, patient handouts, and dosing tools. The database is updated quarterly, making it an ideal resource for information about new drugs.

The new version 2.0 is built to work like familiar search engines with a simple, uncluttered interface. Search suggestions come up as you type and synonyms and alternative spellings are offered. It includes separate tabs for popular tools such as drug interactions, Trissels™ 2 IV Compatibility, drug identification, drug comparison, calculators, and CareNotes®. Results are ranked by relevance, and it gives direct links to summary data, drug consults, detailed drug monographs, side-by-side comparisons, IV compatibility, and more. Evidence-based content is reviewed by experts.

The Micromedex Drug Information App is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad through the iTunes App store. MobileMicromedex versions are available for Blackberry and Android smartphones.

MICROMEDEX® 2.0 is now accessible through our Key Resources web page.

<submitted by Cathy Brown>

DailyMed Mobile Version Launched

Monday, March 21st, 2011

NLM® released DailyMed® Mobile on January 31, 2011. DailyMed provides access to over 20,000 structured product labels (SPL) from the Food and Drug Administration. DailyMed mobile features a simplified design enabling easy search, retrieval and display of SPLs from any Web-enabled mobile device (see Figure 1). Users can also e-mail SPLs to themselves or colleagues for later viewing on other platforms.

Screen capture of Structured product labels are organized by section, which can be expanded and contracted within the same viewing pane for easy reference (partial display).
Figure 1: Structured product labels are organized by section, which can be expanded and collapsed within the same viewing pane
for easy reference (partial display).

Find DailyMed mobile and a complete gallery of NLM mobile applications at NLM Mobile.

<originally posted to NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Mar-Apr;(379):e1. by Stephen Kiyoi, NLM Associate Fellow and former Student Assistant at the UCLA Biomedical Library>