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12/1/2001
Press Release

New Drug Information Web Site Launched for Pharmacists, Health Care Providers

In an age of electronic media, health care professionals frequently turn to the Internet for timely information. With that fact in mind, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has launched www.ahfsdruginformation.com to provide the most current developments, updates, recalls, and warnings related to drug therapies. The site complements ASHP’s premier drug information resource, AHFS DI, and furthers its mission of providing an evidenced-based foundation for safe and effective drug therapy.

Subscribers can continually refer to the site for the latest critical therapeutic developments. (During the past year, ASHP averaged at least one major update to its electronic drug information products each business day.) The Web site includes:

  • New drug monographs,
  • AHFSfirstFax updates,
  • Quick access to MedWatch notices,
  • A drug shortage resource center, and
  • Diagnostic tools for ASHP’s electronic drug information programs.

"There are thousands of complex medications on the market today, with more being introduced all the time," said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., ASHP CEO and executive vice president. "That means it’s more important than ever for pharmacists and other health care providers to have timely and reliable information available to guide their drug therapy decisions. This new Web site is exciting in that it consolidates all of ASHP’s many valuable drug resources and updates in one easy-to-access location."

Now in its 44th year, AHFS Drug Information is the most comprehensive, authoritative source of evaluative drug information. It contains monographs on virtually every molecular drug entity available in the United States. The monographs are prepared by a professional editorial and analytical staff and incorporate the expert advice of more than 500 leading medical scientists, physicians, pharmacists, pharmacologists, and other clinicians. The monographs include pertinent information related to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) literature as well as incorporating key information about non-FDA-approved medication uses. AHFS DI has been officially adopted by the United States Public Health Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs and is recommended or approved by the following organizations: Association of Boards of Pharmacy, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, American Pharmaceutical Association, American Health Care Association, American Hospital Association, and the Catholic Health Care Association of the United States.

ASHP is the 31,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long and distinguished history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.