Clinical Pharmacology

  • Clinical Pharmacology  This database offers drug monographs, information on investigational drugs and dietary supplements, photos for drug ID and more. The ability to create customized reports based on indication, contraindication, and adverse reaction is very useful in finding the best drug for a particular patient.

Contact the Countway Reference Department ( or 617-432-2134) and request a Clinical Pharmacology serial number. Then use this number and the attached instruction sheet to download the app to your smart phone. Note that serial numbers expire each year so ask for a new one if yours stops working. Setup directions are described in detail in the file below


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  • Micromedex is the "gold standard" for drug information. You can also link to it through eCommons. In-depth detailed monographs, drug consults addressing clinical issues, toxicology and teratology information are among its many strengths.An excellent source for foreign drug information, toxicology, clinical pharmacy consults. Available for mobile download.

More Databases and Apps

  • EMBASE   When searching for literature on drugs, try the EMBASE database. EMBASE has much more detailed indexing of drug related topics than PubMed. Features include a special Drug Search interface with pull down menues of subheadings. Subheadings offer choices of 47 routes of drug administration as well as "drug comparison", "drug dosage" and "adverse drug reaction".
  • Clinical - A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. Learn more About Clinical Studies and About This Site, including relevant History, Policies, and Laws.
  • AHFS Drug Information  an authoritative references from the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. The focus is on drugs used in acute care, hospital settings.This reference has detailed information on the 300+ drugs used in acute care. Strengths are its comparisons of drugs in the same class, pharmacokinetics, and safety. Hard to find information on pharmaceuticals such as dialysis fluids in included. Be sure to click through the introductory screens. You can open table of contents by clicking on the '+' signs or you can search the full text.
  • IPA (International Pharmaceutical Abstracts)  Since pharmacognosy, the discovery of new medicines from nature, has long been a discipline within the field of pharmacy this database of the international pharmacy literature is an important resource. Available at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy libraries.
  • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database  Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database is a resource for searching names, effects, uses, and interactions of medicines made from natural ingredients (e.g., herbal remedies).
  • Dynamed offers a wealth of drug dosing calculators and nomograms
  • FDA Orange Book Includes bioequivalence data for generic drugs and National Drug Codes(NDC)
  • FDA Drug Information for Healthcare Professionals and Consumers
  • HIV Drug Resistance Database a curated public database from Stanford University.
  • National Library of Medicine Drug Information Portal- information for healthcare professionals and patients
  • Pharmacogenomics Knowledge Base - phenotype and genotype data relating to genetic variation that affects drug response. Search by genes, variants, pathways or drugs.
  • PDR Drug Guide for Mental Health
  • Purple Book: Lists of Licensed Biological Products with Reference Product Exclusivity and Biosimilarity or Interchangeability Evaluations.

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Specialized Databases: Pregnancy, Lactation


Reference Books and Journals


     Introduction to Pharmacology, Third Edition    Cover image

Reference Books