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AccessMedicine Drug Index via Mercer Skelton Medical Libraries Includes a description of the product, contraindications, interactions, dosage and administration, and the chemical structure. Notes are referenced. AccessMedicine allows searches across a number of McGraw Hill e-texts.
ClinicalKey via Mercer Skelton Medical Libraries

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If you prefer the app format, first register for a personal account using your MUSM email. If you have already created a personal account in another Elsevier product, then you do not need to register again.
ClinicalKey's drug information is provided by Gold Standard (Clinical Pharmacology). Click the "Drug Monographs" link below the search box. Browse drugs by name of drug, indication, contraindication and adverse reactions.

ClinialKey is mobile friendly - no app is necessary. If your mobile device/browser supports HTML, cookies, and JavaScript, you can use the library's links to ClinicalKey from the web browser on your mobile device. No app is required. You will still need a WiFi connection to use the app. The content does not download to your device. The library recommends that you access ClinicalKey from your browser. Its faster, and you don't have the extra steps of creating an account and having to re-authenticate.
Drug Information Portal free

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Mobile devices accessing the main Drug Portal site will be taken the mobile site. Names, usage and structures are displayed, as well as search links to key NLM and government sites, using their mobile version when available. Spell checking and auto-suggest are also used during input
The Portal provides users a comprehensive gateway to information on over 53,000 substances (over 200,000 unique searchable drug names and their synonyms) not only from NLM but also from other U.S. government agencies. It covers drugs from the time they are entered into clinical trials through their entry into the U.S. marketplace. The Drug Portal touches on all related information resources at NLM to provide for a comprehensive view. It is intended as a "middle ground" resource which includes information for the consumer, health professionals, and researchers.
Epocrates Online free version This free version of Epocrates Online offers access to: more than 3,300 drug monographs (brand and generic); on- and off-label dosing; adverse reactions; contraindications; drug interactions; pricing; and mechanism of action.
Miromedex via Mercer Skelton Medical Libraries

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To get passwords for the mobile apps, under "Resources", click on the gray box labeled "Download Mobile Apps"
There are 3 apps: Micromedex Drug Interactions, Micromedex IV Compatibility and Micromedex Drug Reference For Internet Subscribers
1. To activate apps, go to Micromedex.
2. You will have two options: Micromedex or CareNotes System. Click "Micromedex."
3. Under "Resources", click on the gray box labeled "Download Mobile Apps".
4. Scroll down to find instructions that include passwords for the apps.
5. Download apps from your mobile device's app/play store.
6. Enter passwords into apps when prompted.

MICROMEDEX is a collection of many different drug databases, including Martindale, the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR), DRUGDEX, DISEASEDEX, POISONDEX, and several alternative medicine databases [view database list]. Drugs can be searched by trade name, generic name, or even “street” name. MICROMEDEX is an excellent source of drug indication, dosage, drug interaction and side effect information, as well as poison control information. It covers all FDA approved medications as well as a database of alternative medicines. It can produce patient-specific PALS and ACLS emergency dosing sheets for use at the bedside in an ICU situation. In addition, MICROMEDEX contains a variety of dosing tools, patient education handouts and a “clinical pearls” section, which is a collection of useful medical tables on a variety of topics.

MICROMEDEX’s major competitor is ePocrates, which is a database widely used in PDA format by medical professionals. ePocrates and MICROMEDEX are both excellent drug databases, but are designed around somewhat different philosophies. Where ePocrates has made the conscious decision to present only the most relevant data in an easy to use format, MICROMEDEX has gone in the direction of completeness. A good example is the way the different databases handle side effects. ePocrates only lists more common or serious side effects, while MICROMEDEX also includes case reports of very rare effects, down to single cases of a reported adverse effect. For quick clinical lookups, ePocrates can be very useful, but for any more detailed information, MICROMEDEX is often a better choice.

Natural Medicines via the MTercer University Libraries

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Natural Medicines is mobile friendly. You will be able to access and utilize this database from your smartphone or tablet using the links provided by the library. Natural Medicines no longer permits institutional subscribers to utilize the app version of their product. While you will find the app available from ITunes or Google Play, these platforms are for individual licensees only.
Natural Medicines offers quick access to comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information on foods, herbs, supplements and natural therapies. Database coverage includes efficacy, adverse effects, interactions, pregnancy, lactation, pharmacology, toxicology, dosing, standardization, and products tested by third-party laboratories. Patient handouts available.

Natural Medicines was founded by healthcare providers and researchers at Therapeutic Research, publisher of the Pharmacist's Letter and Prescriber's Letter and includes:
  • Evidence-based monographs: Get scientific information and ratings for over 1,400 natural ingredients and alternative therapies.
  • Commercial Product Ratings: Detailed information and evidence-based ratings for over 90,000 dietary supplement products.
  • Interaction Checker: Prevent potentially dangerous drug-supplement combinations.
  • Effectiveness Checker: Find out what works and what doesn't for any medical condition.
  • Nutrient Depletion Checker: See what nutrients are depleted by drugs and when a supplement might be needed.
Also included are evidence tables and discussion(s), statistical analysis, and quality rating of available clinical trials. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. This is an excellent resource to utilize in the clinical setting and can serve as a teaching tool with your patients.
TOXNET free Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Also includes access to the Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed), a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.
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