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Free Drug Information Resources A-Z 


Animal Drugs@ FDA


This United States Food and Drug Administration-sponsored website provides access to New Animal Drug Applications (NADA) submitted to the FDA. Search or browse by NADA number, sponsor, ingredients, generic or brand name, dosage form, species, route, or indication. This page also provides access to the Green Book, a free online publication providing patent information on veterinary drugs.


CADTH: Common Drug Review Database
Through the Common Drug Review process, CADTH (Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee) conducts thorough and objective evaluations of the clinical, economic, and patient evidence on drugs, and uses this evaluation to provide reimbursement recommendations and advice to Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial public drug plans, with the exception of Quebec.


CDC Immunization Schedules
Find immunization schedules from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a U.S. government-based organization. Schedules for children, adults, and teens are available. In addition to printed schedules, the CDC has developed interactive tools to help you schedule the immunizations you and your family members need.


ChemIDPlus provides access to the structure and nomenclature authority files used to identify over 400,000 chemical substances cited in National Library of Medicine databases. Record information includes substance definitions, classification codes, names & synonyms, registry numbers, structure descriptors, toxicity, physical properties, and links to resources. ChemIDPlus is part of the the ToxNet Data Network and has a Lite and an Advanced search interface.


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Compounding Recipes Index
SickKids liquid formulations and instructions to make the compounds most commonly requested. Created and maintained by pharmacists at The Hospital for Sick Children, affiliated with the University of Toronto.


DailyMed: About DailyMed
DailyMed provides access to package inserts and labels for over-the-counter, herbal, and prescription drugs. Labels on DailyMed may not be identical to approved labels nor the labels on currently distributed products. DailyMed is provided by the United States National Library of Medicine. Search by drug name, NDC code, or drug class to locate the package insert.


DART- Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Database
This free database is hosted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine covering teratology and other aspects of developmental and reproductive toxicology with references dating back to the 1900s. Some meeting abstracts and non-Medline literature were historically included in DART, but new citations come only from PubMed. DART uses a search profile to retrieve citations from PubMed. It has a mobile friendly site. Search results are displayed in relevancy ranked order, but may be sorted by publication date, author, title, or entry month..


Dietary Supplement Fact Sheets
Access to United States federal and state government-provided information on herbs and nutritional supplements. Information provided varies based on topic-- can include indications, research evidence to support or contradict health claims, traditional preparations, and potential interactions. About 90 herbs and supplements are included.


Dietary Supplements Labels Database

Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) is a joint project of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and National Library of Medicine (NLM). The DSLD contains information found on manufacturers’ labels from dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S. DSLD currently contains over 50,000 labels and is expected to eventually include most dietary supplement products sold to American consumers. The database can be browsed by active ingredients, product names, or manufacturers (contacts). Label information for products no longer on the market can also be searched by checking the box before DSLD Off Market, which can be found on the Advanced Search page.


Drug Information Portal - U.S. National Library of Medicine - Quick Access to Quality Drug Information
This site is a true portal: search for a prescription, over-the-counter, herbal, or nutraceutical name and the site will provide links to additional information from a variety of United States-government-produced websites. Includes links to research articles, drug monographs, labels, and more. Can also be searched by drug category.


Drugs.com | Prescription Drugs - Information, Interactions & Side Effects


This commercial site provides professional-level and consumer-level information on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. Search or browse by drug name, drug class name, or conditions. Includes pill identifier, interactions checker, personal medication records and information in Spanish. Sources of information include American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information (AHFS DI), United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Micromedex, and MedFacts.


Browse or search for United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription and over-the-counter human drugs and therapeutic biologicals currently approved for sale in the United States. The site includes discontinued drugs and "Chemical Type 6" approvals. Contents for each drug include active ingredients; dosage form or route of administration; strength; marketing status; company that sponsored application for approval; FDA action date; and approval type. Many, but not all drug products have links to current FDA approved labels; older labels; approval letters; reviews; and patient information. In addition, new drug applications (NDA) and biologic license applications (BLA) can be listed.


Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
Up to date, easily accessible information about most of the licensed medicines available for use in the United Kingdom (UK). Contains summaries of product characteristics for use by health care professionals as well as patient information leaflets. Maintained by a nonprofit organization funded by UK pharmaceutical companies. Search by drug name or manufacturer name.


Epocrates Rx Free

This site includes drug information as well as information on diseases and diagnostic tests. Only the drug information is available freely after registration. Brief, professionally-focused monographs of frequently used prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Includes interactions checker and pill ID. View information online or download onto a mobile device. Requires free registration to view or download.


FastStats on Therapeutic Drug Use


FastStats is a series of web pages created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a US government agency. This web page extracts and makes available data from surveys conducted by the CDC and other US government agencies. The data provided here is more about prescription drug use overall (number of prescriptions provided by professionals, number of prescriptions filled, most frequently prescribed classes of drugs, etc.) rather than focusing on specific drugs. All surveys from which data is extracted are freely available, and are linked to this page for easy access.


Food Animal Drug Residue Avoidance & Depletion (FARAD)


FARAD is a USDA-funded university-based consortium that is overseen and operated by faculty and staff at four colleges or schools of veterinary medicine. FARAD was designed to provide livestock producers, Extension specialists, and veterinarians with practical information on how to avoid drug, pesticide, and environmental contaminant residue problems. Search VetGRAM by product name/active ingredient, species, route of administration, drug type, or (A)NADA. There is a mobile-friendly version of VetGRAM and a FARAD mobile app. Search the Withdrawal Date Calculator to determine the FDA-mandated waiting period following administration of a drug product at the approved label dose. Publications include FARAD Digests and FARAD Compounding Guide. FARAD also gathers and provides a list of useful links related to food animal safety.


Glossary of Terms and Symbols Used in Pharmacology
This extensive glossary of pharmacology terms and symbols is created and maintained by faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine. The terms used in this glossary are often used in new drug applications, scientific literature produced on the discovery and use of drugs, and reference works that discuss drugs. While not specifically created for consumers, the succinct yet detailed explanations often include examples and anecdotes to help improve understanding, and could be used by non-health-care professionals to understand drug and medication information.


GoodRX- Prescription drug prices at local and online pharmacies
Search GoodRX by drug name and location to view and compare prices. GoodRX gathers price data from United States pharmacies, insurance companies, and consumers. The site also includes printable coupons (provided by drug manufacturers, pharmacies, and other groups) to permit consumers to save even more money on prescriptions. GoodRx app for iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone is available free via Apple Store or Google Play.


Hazardous Substances Database Bank (HSDB)
Comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for about 5,000 commonly used or encountered chemicals. Produced and hosted by the United States National Library of Medicine. Search by chemical name, chemical type (e.g. "antifreeze"), Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) Registry number, or subject term.


Health Canada Drug Product Database (DPD)

The Drug Product Database (DPD), a service from Health Canada, contains product-specific information on drugs approved for use in humans and veterinary applications in Canada. It contains approximately 15,000 products which companies have notified Health Canada as being marketed. Drug monographs provided by the manufacturers include information for professionals and consumers including Drug Statuses, Drug Identification Number (DIN), Company name, Strength, Therapeutic Classification (AHFS and ATC), scientific and pharmaceutical information, excipients, labels for the marketed product, etc. Search by drug name or active ingredient.


Herbs at a Glance
Provides fact sheets about 50 frequently used herbs, including common and Latin names, how they are used medicinally, side effects and cautions, and summaries of and citations to research on the topic. The Herbs at a Glance fact sheet can be downloaded as an ebook in ePub and Kindle format.


HIV Drug Interactions
This site is supported by the University of Liverpool and sponsored by a variety of professional organizations. It includes charts of interactions for anti-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drugs with common prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbs and vitamin preparations, and street drugs. Also includes brief fact sheets with pharmacokinetic and metabolic data on anti-HIV drugs. A free app for mobile devices, HIV iChart, is Available for Apple (via iTunes) and Android (via Google Play).


InfantRisk Center
This site offers brief, evidence-based information on drugs for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Organized in consumer-friendly sections ("pregnancy," "breastfeeding," "depression," "nausea," etc.) and written in consumer-friendly language, each entry covers pharmacologic treatments for a disease state and potential problems for pregnant or lactating women, and includes scholarly references for further research. It can also be searched by generic or brand name. Supported by the InfantRisk Center at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.


International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER)
ITER gathers and makes available toxicological risk information on over 600 chemicals and drugs. Data is gathered from the United States, Canada, France, The Netherlands, the World Health Organization, and other major groups. The United States National Library of Medicine hosts ITER. Search by chemical name or Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS) number to view tabular risk comparisons for the specified chemical across international sources of data. "Other Files" tab leads to related records from associated databases. 


Institute for Safe Medication Practices
This nonprofit seeks to educate consumers and health care providers on safe medication practices. For health care providers, under the section "Tools," it includes a list of drugs that should not be crushed, frequently-confused drug names, lists of Tall Man lettering, lists of high-alert drugs, and other sources of often difficult-to-find information about prescription drugs. The site also sells books, webinars, and other products, but access to the lists of drug information described in this abstract are all free.


ISMP Canada Safety Bulletins
Timely bulletins on medication incidents to improve patient safety with Canada-specific alerts and warnings. Hosted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP). Search by drug name or indication. French version also available. Companion site for consumers available at http://safemedicationuse.ca/ 


ISPOR Scientific Presentations Database

This database, previously called ISPOR Outcomes Research Digest, includes almost 36,500 abstracts of research presentations and posters presented at International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) meetings across the globe from 1998 to the present. These abstracts are not routinely indexed elsewhere. Topics covered include clinical, economic and patient-reported outcomes, health policy, and methods & concepts. About half the entries include full PDFs of visual aids used in presentations. Search by disease/disorder, topic, or meeting name, or use a keyword search to search for drugs.


LactMed (Drugs and Lactation Database)

A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of fact sheets on drugs and substances to which breastfeeding mothers be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider. Each fact sheet includes references to literature.


Licensed Natural Health Products Database (LNHPD) - Health Canada
Contains information about natural health products (dietary supplements, herbal medicines, traditional medicines, homeopathic remedies, etc.) that have been issued a product licence by Health Canada. Products with a licence have been assessed by Health Canada and found to be safe, effective and of high quality under their recommended conditions of use. Search by product name, ingredient name, or use (indication). Information is also available in French.


This site is co-run by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Search or browse by name for herbals, supplements, and prescription or over-the-counter drugs. All entries provide overviews of the action of the active ingredient with special mention of the effects on the hepatic system, information on products containing the active ingredient, chemical formula and structures, and links to canned searches of PubMed, Clinicaltrials.gov, and TOXLINE, as well as citations to articles, package inserts, and other high-quality information about the drug, herbal preparation, or supplement. Some entries also include case reports of liver damage. Useful list of appendixes in left column, including Clinical Course, Phenotypes, Classes of Drugs, etc. 


MayoClinic.com Drugs and Supplements
Search or browse for brief information for consumers on frequently-used prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, herbs, vitamins, and other supplements. Content includes brand names, use, precautions, and side effects. Content is taken from Natural Standard's patient monographs.


MedEffect Canada - Health Canada homepage
Safety alerts, public health advisories, warnings, recalls, press releases, and other notices from industry for health professionals and the public on marketed health products, including prescription drugs, natural health products and medical devices. Search Canada Vigilance Adverse Reaction Online Database. Can also report to Canada Vigilance Program adverse reactions and side effects to medications, biologics, natural health products, and radiopharmaceuticals.


Medication Guide app from Drugs.com
Drugs.com provides one free information app, "Medication Guide," available for Android and iOS. It includes brief facts about prescription and over-the-counter drugs, a pill identifier, an interactions checker (oral forms only), a side effects search, pricing info, and the ability to create a personalized list of drugs. Drugs.com also offers several other paid apps.


MedlinePlus: Drugs, Herbs and Supplements: MedlinePlus
This United States government-supported site is aimed at consumers and provides basic drug information on popular prescription, over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, and herbal remedies, including side effects, dosage, special precautions. Browse by generic or brand name for prescription and over-the-counter drugs; browse alphabetically by herb or supplement name.


Medscape Reference: Drugs, Diseases & Procedures
Medscape Reference includes monographs for over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and a limited number of vitamins and herbal preparations. Includes a drug interaction checker. Requires free registration to view. Search by generic or brand name.


Merck Veterinary Manual


This Manual provides comprehensive and reliable reference information on animal healthcare and is available freely online. Click "browse by section" in the left side to view all topics. The Pharmacology topic area provides brief overviews of pharmacokinetics, drug action and pharmacodynamics, and dosage forms and delivery systems. Sections within this topic area focus on specific classes of drugs most frequently used in veterinary practice. Additionally, the "tables" section provides tables of frequently-needed reference information, such as poisonous houseplants, reference ranges for animal heart rates, temperatures, and hematological measurements, and overviews of body systems and processes in animals.


Monographs from the Natural Health Products Ingredients Database
This is a portion of the Natural Health Products Ingredients Database, maintained by Health Canada. These monographs cover single ingredients commonly used in herbal preparations; single ingredients includes chemical compounds and plants. Each monograph includes a description of how each herb is prepared for administration and used, and cites literature to aid in further exploration of the herbal product. It also includes product monographs and abbreviated labeling standards for a product or ingredient. The site is available in French.  


MoRx Price Compare
Many states in the United States provide online access to drug pricing databases which gather, aggregate, and report prices paid for prescription drugs in the state. Missouri has chosen to make pricing data for over 10,000 prescription and over-the-counter drugs available online; other states only provide online pricing data for the 100, 250, or 500 most frequently prescribed drugs. Click on "MoRxPrice Compare" link on the right hand side of the page to enter the drug database. Search by generic or brand name for prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Also available in Spanish.


National Center for Health Statistics
NCHS is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and serves as a repository for data collected by the CDC and other U.S. government groups. This site hosts data from several surveys including the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), National Health Care Surveys, National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), National Immunization Survey (NIS), and the State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS). Each of these surveys asks broad questions about health; they each include several questions relating to use of herbal products, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter drugs. These rarely discuss specific drug products, focusing instead on classes of medications or therapeutic uses of drugs (e.g., "How many people took an OTC drug intended to relieve pain in the past 12 months?") The NCHS site itself provides quick access to recent reports based on this data. The NCHS site also provides links to the specific surveys listed above. These survey pages provide information about the survey's purpose and access to data collected from the survey. The availability and type of data varies: some surveys provide reports and data tables, others permit you to manipulate data using an online system to create your own tables, and yet others provide SAS or STATA-formatted datasets to download and open using your personal statistics software.


Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations
This resource is produced by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The electronic version of this resource offers information for medical providers on generic drug substitution for brand products or therapeutic drug equivalence. It also has information on whether specific drugs are currently protected by patents. Searching can be completed by active ingredient, proprietary name, patent, applicant holder, or application number. The electronic version is updated daily. The PDF printable version (under the Publications link) has an Annual edition and a Current Cumulative Supplement edition that can also be used. Pharmacists in community practice, drug informationists, and pharmaceutical research companies would be the primary users of this resource.


PDR Health | Rx Drug Interactions, Side Effects | Official site of Physicians' Desk Reference
Explanations for the consumer about safe and effective use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Can be searched using brand names or browsed alphabetically. Content is based on the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug information found in the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR). Also contains disease and condition information for common ailments.


Pennsylvania RX Price Finder


Many states in the United States provide online access to drug pricing databases which gather, aggregate, and report prices paid for prescription drugs in the state. Pennsylvania has chosen to make pricing data for 300 prescription drugs available online. Click on "launch the Pennsylvania RX price Finder" link at the bottom of the page to enter the drug database. Search by generic or brand name for prescription drugs. The Price Finder includes the most common drugs used by retirees and persons with a disability. The list includes pharmacies from across the state. If no pharmacies have filled a prescription for that drug and strength, then there will be no display for the drug.


Pet Pharmacy at VeterinaryPartner.com


The Veterinary Partner website aims to provide educational veterinary information to the public to help them care for their pets. The Pet Pharmacy page includes entries for over 100 drugs frequently used to treat medical conditions of dogs and cats. Each entry provides both brand and generic names, background information, indications, interactions, and potential side effects or cautions for use. Entries are reviewed and updated by veterinary professionals.


Pill Identification - WebMD
Identify prescription and over-the-counter drugs available in the United States by inputting shape, color or imprint. Includes pictures. While the currency of this information cannot be found, it is a good source for identifying pills for the general public, who do not usually have access to pricey subscriptions with similar content.


Pillbox - prototype pill identification system
Pillbox is a pill identification system created by the United States National Library of Medicine. Enter information such as imprinted code, size, color, and shape and find matching products. A unique search is for inactive ingredients-- one can identify pills with or without a specific inactive ingredient, a great help for those with specific allergies or sensitivities. Once a pill is identified,you will be linked to drug labels and other information available from US National Library of Medicine websites. It is still in development, so information has not been verified by manufacturers, not all drugs approved in the United States are listed, and not all drugs include photos.


Pronunciations: Merck Manual Home Health Handbook
Audio clips for pronunciations of drug classes, generic drug names, diseases, and additional medical terms.


PubMed Central

By law, all NIH-funded investigators must deposit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts into PubMed Central (PMC) to be made publicly accessible no later than 12 months after publication. PubMed Central is the repository of biomedical and life sciences articles which include topics on therapeutic use of drugs, pharmacogenomics, drug selection, development, analysis, and economic aspects. Search by keyword, MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) term or author to locate full-text research articles.



This independent website gathers reports of drug side effects from consumers, with an option to invite their physician to submit information also. Individual patient narratives are available. Detailed information about adverse drug events (drug side effects) from data in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) and HealthCanada's Canada Vigilance Adverse Reaction Online Database are also available. Obtaining this data from the FDA directly requires downloading and analyzing data files, making this source an easier way to find a comprehensive list of potential adverse effects and their frequency. Search by generic or brand name, or browse the "zones" to determine if a specific drug may affect sleep, sex, hair, skin, nails, violence or suicidal ideation, and if symptoms are linked to stopping a drug. 


RxList - The Internet Drug Index for prescription drugs, medications and pill identifier

Offers detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs and popular vitamins and supplements. Written and updated by pharmacists and physicians; includes information from reliable sources like the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Cerner Multum, and First Databank, Inc. Both professional-level and patient-level information are provided. Also contains a pill identifier, dictionary, U.S. top 200 drugs searched list, symptom checker, and overviews of diseases and conditions. Search by generic or brand name, or browse drugs A-Z. The website is owned and operated by WebMD.


Skyscape Mobile Medical Resources


Register and download Skyscape Rx™ onto your mobile device (iOS, Android) and access several resources, including Rx Comprehensive Drug Guide, Clinical Consult, Calculator and Medbeats. This app provides access to informative monographs with indications, dosage, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and comparative pricing information for thousands of commonly prescribed brand and generic drugs used in the U.S. and Canada. It also includes nearly 400 integrated weight-based drug dosing calculators.


Sloan-Kettering - About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
Evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals and supplements for professionals and consumers. Product monographs include information about scientific and common names, clinical summary, uses, constituents, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, adverse reactions, herb-drug interactions, and lab interactions. Reference lists are also provided. Search or browse by herbal name or use (indication). Created and maintained by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Cancer in New York.


Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates vaccines, blood products, and biologic products including cellular and gene therapy products as well as tissue transplantation. Information is provided about allergenics, blood and blood products, cellular and gene therapy, tissue and tissue products, vaccines, xenotransplantation (transplantation of non-human cells), international activities, development and approval, compliance and regulation, safety and availability, science and research, news and events, as well as resources for consumers, health professionals, and industry personnel. This is the only FDA database that includes these products (blood, biologics, and vaccines are not included in Drugs@FDA). Search or browse to find regulatory and application information on licensed products and premarket approvals, as well as consumer and professionally-focused information.


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