Need basic information? Then use these mobile apps and websites:
Highly recommended: drugs.com (free)
- Complete and unaltered information comes from Wolters Kluwer Health (LexiComp/Facts & Comparisons), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (AHFS-DI), Cerner Multum and Micromedex from Truven Health. Individual drug (or drug-class) content compiled by these sources is delivered complete and unaltered by Drugs.com.
- Also includes information from:
- Harvard Health Topics A to Z and Harvard Health Decision Guides
- Mayo Clinic
- Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
- D.A.M. Illustrated Health Encyclopedia
- North American Compendium of Veterinary Products published by North American Compendiums. North American Compendiums is in the business of building, managing, maintaining and marketing data and databases in the animal health, crop chemical and human health industries in the USA and Canada.
Free alternatives (same information, different user interface:
- Clinical Pharmacology (need to obtain login codes from School of Pharmacy if not on the Hampton network)
- Subscription pays for improved cross-referencing of terms across the databases
- ~$300/year for information comparable to Drugs.com
- LexiComp/Facts & Comparisons (access available if logged in to the University domain)
- Use your University ID and password if outside the Hampton University network
- Majority of information also presented through Drugs.com
How much does that cost?
- Try GoodRx
The list includes the overall product quality score (1 (low) – 10 (high)) as reported by KLAS 2016 report .
- Dynamed (8.0) ~$395/year
- ClinicalKey (7.5) ~$450/year and up depending on specialty
- UpToDate (7.0) ~$500/year
- Essential Evidence Plus: $85/year
- Must have Internet connection; less-intuitive interface
Have a complex issue? Start here
- Cochrane Library: a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. There is a good chance they already reviewed the issue.
Need to do a literature search? Then use these:
- Medline via PubMed
- Google Scholar
- Powerpoint presentation on how to search PubMed, Google Scholar and Cochrane Library.
- Want to keep up to date? Then use these tools to create a scheduled search:
Subscription-required, but free if on the Hampton University network
- Scopus: indexes far more journals (>14,000 vs <6,000) than Medline
The Harvey Library holds a wealth of resources:
- This link will take you to online versions of tertiary reference sources such as AHFS DI, Handbook of Injectable Drugs and others.
- Here’s the link on how to gain access to the library from off-campus locations.
- Databases tab grants you access to various sources including:
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Natural Medicines: alternative and complementary medicines
- SciFinder: access a wide diversity of research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more. NOTE: you must register with an HU email address in order to access this product. Once you register you must log in every time you want to Use this resource.
- ToxNet: search for toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases information