The National Library of Medicine offers an excellent resource for health care professionals and consumers: The Drug Information Portal. http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp
This portal allows you to search various government databases for information about drugs. From the homepage you can search for drugs “By Name” or “By Category.”
If searching by a specific drug name, the portal will search such consumer information databases as MedlinePlus (great for patient information), Drugs@FDA (another great patient-level resource), ClinicalTrials.gov (provides current information about a drug’s clinical research studies), Pillbox (allows user to visually search for and identify an unknown pharmaceutical), et cetera.
You can also find information on a more professional level, including searching for drug references in scientific journals (Medline, PubMed), references from toxicological journals (Toxline), information about biological activities and chemical structures (PubChem), summaries of a drug’s effect on breastfeeding (LactMed), et cetera.
Take a few moments to explore this excellent resource and if you have any questions, contact the Schusterman Library at 660-3220.