Drug Information

For information on medication safety, please see the Patient Safety guide.


Books @ the WCC Library

Merk Index (print Reference RS51 .M4 2013)
A comprehensive reference work on organic chemistry that provides information on thousands of substances and structural formulas.


Drug Calculators

A number of different medical calculators available here. See the Drugs / Pharm section.

Medication Protocol Calculators
Drug dosage calculators on Medscape, a site associated with WebMD.


Information @ the National Library of Medicine

“The official provider of FDA label information (package inserts). This Web site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.” This is the source of content contained in the PDR: Physicians’ Desk Reference.

Dietary Supplement Label Database 
“The DSLD contains the full label contents from a sample of dietary supplement products marketed in the U. S.”

Drug Information Portal 
Information for over 55,000 drugs. Names, usage, and structures are displayed, as well as search links to key NLM and government sites.

Environmental Health and Toxicology
Provides a starting point for finding reliable information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. If you are not sure which resource to use, try this Decision Guide to help select the right one.

Haz-Map: Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents    
An occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Includes Glossary.

Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)
Peer-reviewed toxicology data for over 5,000 hazardous chemicals that “provides information on human exposure, industrial hygiene, emergency handling procedures, environmental fate, regulatory requirements, nanomaterials, and related areas.”

Household Products Database 
Potential health effects of chemicals in more than 10,000 common household products.

Indoor Air 
An aggregation of specific links and information on the enviro-health impact and consequences of indoor air pollution.

Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
“IRIS contains data in support of human health risk assessment, including hazard identification and dose-response assessments. It is compiled by the EPA and contains descriptive and quantitative information related to human cancer and non-cancer health effects that may result from exposure to substances in the environment.”

“Information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs are provided, where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced.”

“Provides up-to-date, accurate, and easily accessed information on the diagnosis, cause, frequency, patterns, and management of liver injury attributable to prescription and nonprescription medications, herbals and dietary supplements.”

Outdoor Air 
An aggregation of specific links and information on the enviro-health impact and consequences of outdoor air pollution.

Pesticide Exposure, including Pesticides used for Bed Bugs 
An aggregation of specific links and information on the enviro-health impact and consequences of pesticides.

Enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images.

Environmental health concerns and toxic chemical where you live, work, and play. 


Additional Online Research Sites

Drug Industry Documents
“An archive of documents created by major pharmaceutical companies related to their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales and scientific research, hosted by the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management. “