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FAQ: US Drug Information

Question: Where can I find information about US drugs?


Because we can only direct you to very general information, we encourage you to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have specific questions.

The NLM Drug Portal is a gateway to current drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies. http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research(CDER) is the U.S. Agency with expertise to answer some drug information questions. See the CDER Division of Drug Information page at http://www.fda.gov/cder/Offices/DDI/default.htm .

A CDER contact form is at http://www.fda.gov/cder/comment.htm or write to druginfo@fda.hhs.gov

You can use the NLM DIRLINE database at http://dirline.nlm.nih.gov/ to search for other drug information organizations and their services. Some may do research for you to answer your question(s).

More NLM tools to find drug information are:

For more information, see the MEDLINE Fact Sheet at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/medline.html
and the TOXLINE Fact Sheet at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/toxlinfs.html

We also suggest you:

The NLM does not approve or guarantee information at other sites.

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Last updated: 25 August 2008
First published: 01 January 1999
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