Drug information is a medical term that refers to the most current and critically examined data on drug use. It is used to ensure that patients receive safe and effective drugs. There are many sources of drug information. These include books, reference materials, commercial and primary sources, and computerized or electronic information systems.
Some drug information services are available to all health care professionals, but others limit assistance to health care professionals in the state. Drug information centers provide independent, objective, and evidence-based information on drugs and drug-related topics. They are also a valuable resource for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health care professionals.
The Drug Information Service of the University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is an example of a drug information center. This service serves as a training site for Doctor of Pharmacy students and postdoctoral residents. Besides providing drug information, the service promotes the use of evidence-based medicine in clinical practice.
In the United States, the Drug Information Center receives more than 200 queries each month. Most queries are general in nature, but some are more specific. Requests are vetted for resources, documented, and prioritized by expert staff.
Although the Drug Information Center does not answer all queries, the service does provide unbiased, high-quality analysis of the medical literature. Its staff is comprised of two clinical pharmacists with specialty training in drug information. Moreover, the program manager is assisted by faculty from the CPHS.
The clinical-pharmacological DIC of the Hannover Medical School provides drug information to its own patients and to its own employees for free. The service was established in 1994.