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PHCY 6250: Drug Literature Evaluation: Tertiary Free Reference

Use this guide to explore drug and pharmacy information from the library print and electronic collections and reliable databases and information from the web.

National Library of Medicine Databases




Chemistry service that searches the TOXNET databases to identify chemicals based on properties or for known chemicals links to sources on chemical structure, properties and toxicity.

Freely available.

Help Manual

Online manual that reviews the content and search page.

Fact Sheet

DailyMed Mobile

Pharmacy reference database provides the public and providers FDA labels (package inserts).

Daily Med Help


Drug Information Portal
Drug Information Portal Mobile

Multiple database search engine. Resources include the NLM search systems useful in searching for a drug, NLM research resources, resources organized by audience and class, and other NIH and government resources such as FDA and CDC.

NLM Drug Information Portal FAQs

Hazardous Substance Databank (HSDB) has moved to PubChem

"Broad scope in human and animal toxicity, safety and handling, environmental fate, and more. Scientifically peer-reviewed."

This video shows you how to find HSDB-specific data in PubChem.


The LactMed® database contains 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.



LIVERTOX® provides up-to-date, accurate, and easily accessed information on the diagnosis, ause, frequency, patterns, and management of liver injury attributable to prescription and nonprescription medications, herbals and dietary supplements.



Chemical database which provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. PubChem includes substance information, compound structures, and BioActivity data in three primary databases. Search by BioAssay, Compound, Substance, or use the basic search box, which searches all three simultaneously.

Freely available.

ToxNet (retired 2019) has moved to PubChem  

Other Quick Reference Tools


Drugs @ FDA

Freely Available.

"Drugs@FDA allows you to search for official information about FDA approved innovator and generic drugs and therapeutic biological products."

Drugs@FDA Tutorial

National Guideline Clearinghouse
Freely Available.

AHRQ evaluations & summaries of clinical practice guidelines from national professional associations

Pneumotox Online: Drug Induced Lung Diseases Website

Freely Available.

from the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Intensive Care, University Hospital, Dijon, France, this website is an aid to diagnosing drug induced lung diseases

Orange Book : Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations

Freely Available.

From the FDA