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IPA Provides New Perspectives to Research on Safe Medication Use

Health-care researchers studying the many topics encompassing medication use, including adverse drug reactions, pharmacology, and pharmacoeconomics can now tap into a broader selection of pharmacy journals and gain access to the most current data, thanks to updates to the International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA). IPA is a comprehensive research reference covering the pharmaceutical literature worldwide published by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

A reengineered approach to indexing and abstracting articles will accelerate users’ access to new research. Articles from English-language journals will now be incorporated into the IPA database within four weeks of publication. Foreign-language articles will be abstracted in English and will appear within eight weeks.

The scope of IPA’s coverage has also been updated. The publication now includes abstracts of articles on emerging areas such as genomics, immunotherapy, and nanotechnology and will draw from an expanded number of journals.

 IPA is published twice a month. The electronic version of the reference contains more abstracts than are included in the print publication and is also updated bimonthly. PharmSearch, an online version of IPA, is available at

ASHP is the 30,000-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 professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit or