National Library of Medicine Adds ASHP Drug Information Resources
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Web site is adding a new resource for consumers who want to find reliable information about their medications. MedMaster , medication information based on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP) extensive and well-respected drug information resources, will be available to consumers at no charge on the MEDLINEplus section of the NLM Web site.
Consumers can access the information by going to: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.htmlon the web.
"We are very pleased that the National Library of Medicine is helping to make this important medication information available to consumers," said Gerry McEvoy, ASHP assistant vice president of publications and drug information systems. "Our research shows that three out of four Internet users search for health information online. We want patients to have information that's reliable, up-to-date, and easy-to-understand."
MEDLINEplus is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, an institute of the National Institutes of Health.
"Thousands of Americans depend on the National Library of Medicine for health information," said Eve-Marie Lacroix, Chief, Public Services Division. "ASHP's drug information is an important resource for consumers who want more information about their medications."
The National Library of Medicine is a component of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. It is the worlds largest medical library with holdings of more than 5 million books, journals, and other materials. Its treasures span the centuries, from the text of an 11th century Islamic medical manuscript to the immense image files of the "Visible Humans." Information about all NLM programs and services is on the World Wide Web at www.nlm.nih.gov.
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 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.