States Food and Drug Administration
This is the page for the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
By clicking on the drug information icon, you can choose from a number
of pharmaceutical-related FDA programs. You can also get information
on newly approved drugs from the Consumer Drug Information Page and access
the MEDWatch site from the drug info page. (Direct access to MEDWatch:
www.fda.gov/medwatch/index.html or 800-FDA-1088.) Especially interesting
is the Annual Adverse Drug Experience Report, which has the names of
any drug which is considered to be potentially dangerous and the number
of adverse reactions that have been reported.
website has a search engine where you can type in the name of your
medicine and get all of the information on the website concerning
it. Most of the sites provide package inserts for their newer drugs
on-line, but you can also call the numbers listed below to order
a copy of the package insert and any other literature published by
Phone: 800-322-3129 (for OTC products: Whitehall Robins, Cyanamid)
800-934-5556 (for prescription products: Wyeth Ayerst)
Eli Lilly & Co.
Johnson & Johnson
(includes access to various Ortho, McNeil and Janssen divisions)
Merck & Co.
GD Searle & Co.
Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA):
Agencies in Other Countries
Kingdom: Medicines Control Agency
This site allows you to search for drugs approved for use in Canada
(mostly the same ones available in the U.S.) and get dosage information
as well as the generic name and the manufacturer. It can be helpful
when researching to see if you have been prescribed a commonly used
drug and dosage.
Japanese Pharmacopeia (in English)
Africa: South African Medicines Control Council
Click on the "drug information" icon and you'll be linked
to USP's Useful Patient Information on Medicines page, which allows
you to search your drug (by generic name only) and get warnings, precautions
and prescribing information. Their "Just Ask" site (www.usp.org/pubs/just_ask/index.htm)
provides helpful general information about proper medication use and
allows you to request their printed material.
This excellent, easy-to-use site allows you to search a drug by generic
or brand name and returns a page with its chemical structure, how it
works and a general description of its effects on the body.
of Health and Human Services
This site has a link to the DHHS's Healthfinder site ( www.healthfinder.gov),
which is one of the best new sites to provide patients with information
of courses of treatment, health care professionals and support groups
in your area.
This is one of the best and most comprehensive sites on the Internet
for medical research by consumers. It has links to medical libraries,
a Q&A forum and excellent chat rooms.
Information Network Page
This site provides links to forums and discussion groups on particular
infections and diseases.
for Disease Control
This site provides information on all of the CDC's disease-oriented
By running the term "essential drugs" in the search engine,
you can bring up the WHO's Essential Drugs Monitor, which provides
readers throughout the world with news about the very latest national
drug policies, drug regulation programs and information about rational
use of drugs.
Institutes of Health
This is an excellent page for researching pharmaceuticals, since the
NIH now offers a number of free research links for users, including
the National Library of Medicine ( www.nlm.nih.gov). It is also a good
site to visit when looking for national organizations for various illnesses.
This search engine allows you to search some 250 medical journals for
information about specific health topics and pharmaceuticals, as well
as to access other search engines such as AIDSLINE, HealthSTAR and
TOXLINE which provide more directed specific searches. The page includes
information on how to use the system. For a more user-friendly tutorial
on how to use MEDLINE, Dr. Felix's Free MEDLINE Page ( www.docnet.org.uk/drfelix)
has several easy-to-use tutorials, as well as access to other sites
where MEDLINE is available at no cost and in several languages.
of Alternative Medicine
This site provides information on alternate courses of treatment for
various illnesses. DO NOT seek the therapies provided on this site
without first consulting a physician.
This is one of the top providers of information on AIDS drugs.
This site is geared toward cancer drugs and provides information about
new or alternative treatment options.
Journal of Medicine
This site allows you to see abstracts from the current journal and
search the past issue archives. You can only read an abstract online,
but you have the option of ordering the full text article over the
Medical Association (includes JAMA)
The AMA provides abstracts from JAMA's current issue, as well as an
archive that allows you to download abstracts going back four years.
You can request full text of the articles online or by phone or fax
for a small fee.
You can read the full text version of the latest journal on this site
and you can search the archives by keyword and get full text of older