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The Wonder Drug Myth

In the past 50 years, modern pharmacology has created dozens of treatments that improve and save lives. Cardiovascular drugs like beta- blockers have drastically reduced deaths from heart attacks and heart disease. For every million people who take a statin drug for high cholesterol, there are 50,000 fewer angioplasties, surgeries, heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths, studies have shown. And in the past 15 years, drugs have transformed AIDS from a death sentence into a managed disease. These are just some of the triumphs of pharmacology, and each case is a bona fide miracle, a life transformed.

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 The Wonder Drug Myth

Even the pharmaceutical industry's best products are imperfect, working in only half—or fewer—patients. It's time for better targeting.

Drug Discovery News

There is no other publication in our market that covers news specific to pharmaceutical drug discovery. Thus, you can always rely on Drug Discovery News, as well as our content-rich Web site, as your source for news about the drug discovery and development industry.

Drug Discovery Online

Are you searching for resources to aid in biomarker identification? Interested in learning about methods for neutralizing antibodies? Want to investigate how to use RNAi to expedite drug development?

Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance Network (DPA Network) is the nation's leading organization promoting policy alternatives to the drug war that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

Drug Store News

Drug Store News has been the voice of the retail drug industry for over seven decades. Forty thousand industry professionals read this publication for its timely coverage of industry news, merchandising trends and pharmacy developments.

Drug Topics

Monthly news magazine reports on all phases of pharmacy for community & health-system pharmacists, HMO & consultant pharmacists


The DrugBank database is a unique bioinformatics and cheminformatics resource that combines detailed drug data with comprehensive drug target information.


DrugLib.com is a comprehensive drug database organized by relevance to specific drugs. It provides a convenient, one-stop access to a wide range of information related to your drug of interest, including drug label & prescribing information (description, clinical pharmacology, side-effects, indications, warnings, etc.), published studies, current clinical trials, alerts and news.


Drug information, side effects, interactions


DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.


MedActionPlan.com provides a family of powerful, web-based applications that allow healthcare providers to create personalized treatment plans for the patient.


Your independent, respected source for information about medications and natural therapies.


Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place.


RxHope is exactly what its name implies...a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. We act as your advocate in making the patient assistance program journey easier and faster by supplying vital information and help.


RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs.


The comprehensive resource for physicians, drug and illness information.

Ask a Patient

There is more to know than what the ads say. Learn from the experience of real people who have taken drug treatments. Share your side effects or success stories. Take control of your health by being informed and asking questions. AskaPatient.com provides tools for the empowered patient.

British National Formulary

The BNF and BNF for Children provide UK healthcare professionals with authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner.


Vitamins, herbs, and other supplements are not regularly tested by any government organization. Only ConsumerLab.com continually evaluates nutritional supplements in a laboratory environment. It also investigates problems with drugs.


Since its initial launch in 1999, CredibleMeds® has developed educational and research programs providing resources for medical professionals, researchers and consumers. Most notably, CredibleMeds® has built and applied a novel, systems-based approach to reduce harm from medications and drug-drug interactions (DDIs) – with a special focus on drugs that prolong the QT interval on the patient’s electrocardiogram and thereby increase the risk of torsades de pointes (TdP), a heart arrhythmia that can cause sudden cardiac death.


People use eHealthMe to find out what patients like me (same gender, age, conditions) reported their drugs on FDA and social media.


Provide improved patient care with Epocrates Online - a free, fast, and effective way to find clinical information at the point of care.

European Medicines Agency

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is a decentralised agency of the European Union (EU), located in London. It began operating in 1995. The Agency is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU.


Information about products we regulate

FDA Adverse Event Reporting System

FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication error reports submitted to FDA. The database is designed to support the FDA's post-marketing safety surveillance program for drug and therapeutic biologic products. The informatic structure of the FAERS database adheres to the international safety reporting guidance issued by the International Conference on Harmonisation. Adverse events and medication errors are coded to terms in the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities terminology.

In The Pipeline

Derek Lowe's commentary on drug discovery and the pharma industry. An editorially independent blog from the publishers of Science Translational Medicine.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), based in suburban Philadelphia, is the nation''s only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. ISMP represents over 30 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process.


Wondering what to expect from your medication? We‘re here to help. Iodine combines pharmacist expertise, FDA data, and real life experience from more than 100,000 people like you to create a new kind of medical resource. Let us know what you think


To provide medical professionals with the most up-to-date prescribing information in a concise, user-friendly format. The PRI database has been assembled and edited by an experienced staff of pharmacists utilizing information available from manufacturers, official compendia and medical/pharmaceutical references.

Orange Book

To provide timely consumer information on generic drugs, the Electronic Orange Book is updated daily as new generic approvals occur.


From the publishers of the Physicians’ Desk Reference — the leading drug resource for over 65 years.

Pocket Pharmacist

Drug information, interaction checker, and medication organizer.

Recall Guide

Recall Guide is the most effective, easiest to use medication tracking platform on the market. Best of all, it's free! Keep track of your medications, and learn about important recalls and prescription information that may directly affect you. Our goal is to supply important and helpful information about your prescriptions. We do this by leveraging an active community of users and by sharing important updates about the safety of specific drugs.


SafeMedication.com features complete, easy-to-read information on more than 800 drugs. It is based on ASHP's premier, unbiased drug information resources.

The People's Pharmacy

In 1976, when The People's Pharmacy® was originally published, it was one of the first books providing drug and health information to consumers. It went on to become a number one bestseller.

US Recall News

US Recall News is not associated with any government agency. We provide what information we can relating to recalled products in the United States, but our list of recalls may not be all-inclusive. While we endeavor to stay up-to-date with all of the latest recalls, your best bet is always to contact the appropriate organization in charge of the recalls...


Our doctors and pharmacists analyze the FDA's own data so you get the second opinion YOU need

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics

Improving antimicrobial policy and clinical practice worldwide.


Antibiotic guide

Bugs and Drugs on the Web

This site has been developed in response to current concern about antimicrobial resistance and provides information for the public to promote appropriate use of antimicrobials.

EMRA Antibiotic Guide

The EMRA ABx Guide is a necessity for any health care professional who rotates in the emergency department. Find antibiotics based on organ system, diagnosis, or organism. Virtually every type of infectious disease is covered for outpatient management and for patients needing admission. Includes everything you've come to love about EMRA's printed guide, but with the ability to search. Epocrates Rx

FDA Approved Drugs

With more than 4,000 new investigational treatments in more than 800 disease conditions worldwide, this database is ideal for clinical trials industry professionals.

Handbook of Natural Medicine

Written by leading authorities in complementary and integrative medicine, this convenient, quick-reference handbook provides clear and rational directives on diagnosing and treating specific diseases and disorders with natural medicine.

Psych Medications

The information for most of these drugs are from Canadian monographs. There are often significant differences in indications, dosage forms and warnings for the drugs in other countries.

Air Care Medications

List for emergency care in flight.


The BeMedWise Program at NeedyMed’s mission is working to promote the wise use of medicines through trusted communication for better health.

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