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Drug Resources: Drug Monographs

This guide lists a variety of resources that MSU students, staff, and faculty can use to research pharmaceuticals. It includes both MSU licensed products and free, vetted, online resources.

Definition

A drug monograph is a text that specifies for a drug (or class of related drugs) its classification, dosage, administration route, ingredient name, proprietary name, potency, indications, contraindications, use in children/adults/geriatric populations, warnings, and other labeling and dispensary information.

This tab includes resources that have drug monographs for prescription and over-the-counter medications and herbs and supplements.

MSU-Licensed Databases

Although MSU Libraries does not subscribe to the pharmaceutical databases LexiComp or Micromedex, many of our current database resources have drug information in them. The scope and number of drugs in each product differs and we suggest searching a few different databases and using both the generic and trade name for a drug to find the best reults.

AccessMedicine

AccessMedicine offers hundreds of drug monographs that you can search by the drug's generic name, trade name, or class. This resource also includes some patient handouts describing common side effects and warnings. Select the "drug" section of the website form the top menu bar, shown below.

ClinicalKey

Clinical Key has over 2,800 clinical pharmacology drug monographs from Gold Standard. Select the drug monographs using the drop down menu to the left of the main search box.

DynaMed

Dynamed is the point-of-care tool that MSU Libraries subscribes to. It includes some drug monographs and you can search for its trade name, generic name, or class in the main search box.

Embase

Embase is particularly strong in pharmaceutical literature and research from the US, Canada, and Europe. You can do a standard search for the drug you are interested in on the main page or, for a more targeted search, select "drug search" from the"search" drop down menu at the top of your screen. It will give you many more nuanced and powerful ways to search for drug research including specialized subheadings and fields.

Natural Medicines

Natural Medicines is one of the most authoritative databases for dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary alternative and integrative therapies. Search for the name of your drug in the main search box. Natural Medicines indexes drugs by their common names, trade names, and includes regional and international variants. It will describe their use, efficacy, warnings, adverse events, and more.

Books

Online Resources

  • FDA: The US Food and Drug Administration is the governmental body in the United States that approves drugs (among other things) for sale to the public. You can search for a drug by name, active ingrediant, or application number at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm
  • Epocrates Online is a free online database of 3300 drug monographs including drug Information, interaction check, pill id, formulary, and tables. The desktop version is free to the public but you may need to sign up for a free account to access the drug information. The mobile app and Epocrates+ are subscription resources MSU Libraries has not purchased but you may purchase as an individual user.
  • National Library of Medicine Drug Portal: The NLM's Drug Portal offers a varied selection of resources and focused topics in medicine and drug-related information. More than 12,000 drugs are available for searching.
  • MedlinePlus Drug Information: MedlinePlus is a database of consumer health information. Written at a reading level appropriate for patients and their families, it has drug information and fact sheets for over-the-counter and prescription drugs, herbs, and supplements. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.
  • DailyMed: DailyMed has listings for over 76000 FDA-approved drug listings for humans and animals. It is the official provider of FDA label information. It includes an archive of labels and a tablet/pill identification tool.
  • LactMed: LactMed is a database of drugs and other chemicals that breastfeeding mothers can be exposed to including safe levels and adverse effects. It is peer-reviewed for validity and currency and cites the latest medical literature.

International Sources

  • Health Canada Drug Product Database: Health Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the FDA, has built a database where you can search, for free, any medication, supplement, or medical device approved for use in Canada. It includes recall notices and other safety information.
  • European Medicines Agency: The EMA publishes an European public assessment report (EPAR) for every medicine granted a central marketing authorisation by the European Commission following an assessment by the EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). EPARs are full scientific assessment reports of medicines authorised at a European Union level. The medication information includes a summary of its use, dosage, and other pertinent facts as well as a copy of the package leaflet provided by the manufacturer.

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