Following is a list of freeware that provides databases of information and electronic publications related to prescription drugs. To
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Consumer Drug Information
By US Food and Drug Administration. Provides general information about newly approved prescription drugs (drugs approved since January 1998).
By eMedExpert. Includes reviews and comparisons of drugs, Brand/Generic name correspondence tool, and PDR's Side effects index. The information is based on recent reviews and articles published in the medical literature and drug prescribing information approved by the US FDA.
Epocrates Rx Clinical Drug Database
By ePocrates, Inc.. Drug monographs distilled from primary sources and treatment guidelines on more than 3,300 branded and generic drugs. For Palm OS or Pocket PC devices; Windows or Mac. Requires registration and cookies on for download.
MayoClinic Drug Search
By Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Find information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs from Micromedex.
MEDLINE plus Health Information
By US National Library of Medicine. Find information on hundreds of diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. Safety topics include accidents, first aid/emergencies, motor vehicle safety, and disasters and emergency preparedness.
MEDLINEplus Drug Information
By US National Library of Medicine. Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications is provided through two drug resources -- MedMaster, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the USP DI Advice for the Patient, a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
National Drug Code (NDC) Directory
By US Food and Drug Administration. The NDC serves as a universal product identifier for human drugs. The current edition of the National Drug Code Directory is limited to prescription drugs and a few selected Over-The-Counter (OTC) products.
By NeedyMeds, Inc.. Provides information on what patient assistance programs are available. These programs are designed to help those who can't afford their medicines obtain them at no cost or low cost. Listed by drug and by program.
POC-IT (Point of Care Information Technology) Antibiotic (ABX) Guide
By Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases. Search for information by diagnosis, pathogen, antibiotic, or other. A handheld-ready adaptation of the online ABX Guide. Requires registration.
By RxList, LLC. Need a laugh? Almost weekly comics about prescription drugs, with lots of archived cartoons to view.
RxList Drug Index
By RxList, LLC. Search for prescription drug information.
By American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Provides information on more than 700 drugs. It is based on ASHP's premier drug information resources, which are developed independently by pharmacists and other medication experts. [Note: The MedMaster database is free for personal use, but you may not reproduce the database, for sale or distribution, in part or in whole. Contact ASHP for licensing information.]
The Medical Letter Public Reading Room
By The Medical Letter, Inc.. Download articles from The Medical Letter. Topics include acetaminophen safety, drugs past their expiration date, generic drugs, drugs for diabetes, spinal manipulation, advice for travelers, drugs for parasitic infections, post-exposure anthrax prophylaxis, drugs and vaccines against biological weapons, and more.