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Ascension LibTip: Drug Information

This list, prepared by the Ascension Sacred Heart's Medical Librarian from other sources, is provided for information only. Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of Ascension Health of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities. Further, Ascension does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site. Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning. MASH 4/12/2023

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

The ASHP has practice resources, professional development, meetings & conferences, and advocacy information.  The practice resources section has information drug shortages and guidelines.

ASHP-Safe Medication

This is the consumer website from ASHP.  The website has medication tips and tools, information on hospital pharmacy, and more.

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

The APhA website includes information for pharmacists on topics such as medication therapy management, immunizations, compounding, and opioids.  There are also links to APhA journals and an online pharmacy library.

CenterWatch - FDA Approved Drugs

This CenterWatch directory provides information on drugs approved by the FDA for sale in the United States.  The information included in each listing includes the drug name, clinical trial information, side effects, mechanism of action, approval status and dates, etc.

This website provides information for consumers on medication safety. It includes drug alerts, articles, newsletters, and information on reporting medication errors.

European Medicines Agency (EMA)

The EMA's main responsibility is the protection and promotion of public and animal health, through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use in Europe. The EMA coordinates the evaluation and supervision of medicinal products throughout the European Union.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA regulates drugs and other products in the US. The website has information on food, drugs, medical devices, radiation-emitting products.

 This website includes all of the FDA's drug information, including drug development and approval, drug safety, emergency preparedness, guidance for industry, and more.

 This FDA website has information on drug shortages, shortages that have been resolved, and discontinued drugs.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

ISMP an ECRI Affiliate is an organization dedicated to medication error prevention and safe medication use.  The website has information on educational programs, newsletters, medication safety tools, and a link to report errors.

Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding formerly the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

The Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding is an association of pharmacists, students, technicians, and others who focus on pharmaceutical compounding. The website has information on education, position statements, consumer advocacy, and more.

MedlinePlus - Drugs, Herbs, and Supplements

This site is a guide to prescription and over-the-counter medication information from the AHFS Consumer Medication Information. The site also includes links to other related MedlinePlus pages.

National Library of Medicine - Drug Information Portal

This website from the National Library of Medicine allows users to search for drugs by name or browse by category.

National Institutes of Health - Office of Dietary Supplements

This NIH website has dietary supplement fact sheets, nutrient recommendations, consumer protection, and information on research and funding.  there is also a link to Spanish information.

This site provides access to the Physicians' Drug Reference (PDR) and other resources of interest.  There is an alphabetical list of drugs; more information on a drug, including warnings and FDA safety communications, can be obtained by clicking on the drug name.  Registration is required for full access.

Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre (RDTC)

The RDTC promotes safe, effective, and economical use of medicines in the UK's National Health Service.  The site includes links to prescribing analysis and support, the National Poisons Information Service, and the UK Teratology Information Service.


Users can search by drug name or browse an alphabetical list. The site also provides a pill identifier, information on supplements, a list of the top 20 drugs prescribed in the U.S., and more.

U.S. Pharmcopeial Convention (USP)

The USP site provides information on the USP products, such as food ingredients, dietary supplements, drug reference standards, and more.