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Thursday, January 05, 2006

A link to a new drug database

DrugBank Homepage

This has been characterised as the world's largest drug database. It is an "one-stop-shop" with drug information for patients, researchers and healthcare professionals. Although based in Canada, it includes FDA-approved drugs. It has about 4100 drug entries. Each entry includes all the various names, the chemical formula, how it works in chemical-speak, patient information, interactions, contraindications, etc.

The patient information is such as you would find on the bottle (don't operate machinery, etc.) rather than full-blown information sheets, so most of the information is meant for researchers and clinicians. Still, having everything together is really great.

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