For Quality, Essential, Generic Medicines
Primary and Secondary Information Sources on Drugs and Related Health Issues:
Notes for the User and the Browser
Basic References for a Drug Information Library   2. The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics: Goodman L.S. & Gilman A. Macmillan Publishing Co. Inc., 866, 3rd Avenue, New York 10022

Latest editions of:

  3. Physicians' Desk Reference: Medical Economics Co. Inc.
American Medical Association (AMA) drug evaluations    
American Hospital Formulary Service (AHFS) drug   4. Consolidated List of Products whose withdrawn,
consumption and/or sale has been banned
information   severely restricted or not approved by governments
British National Formulary   UNITED NATIONS (1986) Center on Transnational
Drug availability reference   Corporations DC 2, New York 110017, USA
(specific for the country or region)    

Ellenhorn and Barceloux, Medical toxicology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Poisoning, or another clinical toxicology or poisoning text


5. Iatrogenic Diseases: P.F.D'Arcy and J.P.Griffin, Oxford University Press, 1986, 3rd ed.

    6. British National Formulary: British Medical
Goodman and Gilman, The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, or another basic pharmacology text like Lawrence and Bennett, Clinical Pharmacology, or Rang and Dale, Pharmacology   Association, Tavistock Square, London, WC
  1H,9JP, England
Gosselin, Smith, and Hodge, Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products   7. USPDI : US Pharmacopeial Convention Inc., Ordering Service, PO Box 2248, Rockville, MD, 20852, USA
Hathi Committee Report (1975)   8. Textbook of Adverse Drug Reactions : Second Ed. 1981
Index Nominum: international drug directory   Davies D.M. Oxford University Press, New York, Toronto

Justice Lentin Commission's Report (1986)

Martindale: The Extra Pharmacopoeia

  9. Textbook of Pharmacology: Laurence and Bennett, Churchill Livingstone, ELBS edn., London
National Formulary of India or essential drugs list of Govt. of India   10. Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics : Satoskar and Satoskar, Popular Press, Bombay, 1996
Pediatric Drugs Formulary, Meherban Singh and AK Deorari of Indian Academy of Pediatrics   11. Drugs for Children: WHO, Geneva, 1989
  12. Drugs for the Elderly: WHO, Geneva
Price reference (specific for the country or region) as in MIMS, CIMS or Pamposh Pharmaceutical Guide (Publishers of Eastern Pharmacist, New Delhi)   13. Guide to Good Prescribing: WHO, Geneva, 1995
  14. Estimating Drug Requirements: WHO, Geneva, 1988
Textbook of Internal medicine (such as Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine or the Oxford Textbook of Medicine)  

15. (Treatment) Guidelines on Analgesics, Antibiotics, Psychotropics, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Drugs: Victorian Medical Postgraduate Foundation Inc., `Chelsea House', 3rd Floor, 55 Flemington Road, North Melbourne, VI C, 3051, Australia, 1998

Tropical Medicine Reference including reference books on malaria, TB, leprosy, ARI, diarrhoeal diseases   16. The Essential Guide to Prescription: 4th Edn. 1985, James W. Long: Harper and Row Publishers, New York
United States Pharmacopeia-Drug Information (USP-DI) for health professionals and patients   17. How to Investigate Drug Use in Health Facilities: WHO, Geneva, 1993

WHO Basic Information Resources

WHO Pharmaceutical Newsletter
WHO Drug Information
Essential Drug Monitor
WHO Model Prescribing Information
WHO Technical Report Series
The Use of Essential Drugs (TRS 867). Model List of

Essential Drugs, 1997

WHO Model Prescribing Information: Drugs Used in Anesthesia, Parasitic Disease, Mycobacterial Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Skin Diseases

Other References Books on Drugs (editions later than indicated likely)

1. Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia (30th Edn): The Pharmaceutical Press

  18. Managing Drug Supply Management Sciences for Health: Second Edition.1997. Kumarian Press, Connecticut, USA

Sources of People-oriented Drug Information and Related Issues

Sources of People - oriented Drug Information and Related Issues

1. WHO Drug Information: Sales & Distribution,WHO, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

2. The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics : 56, Rechell, New York,USA, 10801

3. Drugs & Therapeutics Bulletin: Consumers' Association,

14, Buckingham St., London WC2, UK.

4. HAI News International: HAI Clearing House, CI ROAP,

PO Box 1045, 10850, Penang, Malaysia

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