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Drug Resources

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.

Health Sciences Librarians


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 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.


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 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 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.

Reference Books in the MSU Main Library

Online Resources

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