Drugs.com began licensing and displayed Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) drug information in 2003 and continued to publish PDR content until 2010. In mid-2010 a change in policy by the distributors of PDR resulted in the non-renewal of the licence and the removal of Physician’s Desk Reference Consumer Drug Information from the Drugs.com website.
Drugs.com also licenses content from a number of leading and respected medical content publishers including American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) and Cerner Multum. This content has now replaced the PDR consumer drug information on the Drugs.com website.
AHFS DI from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ is a comprehensive source of unbiased and authoritative drug information licensed to respected publishers such as Drugs.com and The National Institute of Health (NIH).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The U.S. Congress and various health care insurance providers have also recognized the authority of AHFS content as a source of information on the medically accepted uses of drugs. Monographs include recommendations of numerous authorities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the Women’s Health Initiative, and many others. The publication also features major cautionary information from FDA MedWatch notices, as well as new and updated scientific findings.
Cerner Multum drug information is written in lay terms and is based on the official FDA-approved drug information. It gives consumers plain-English explanations for the safe and effective use of prescription and non-prescription medication that is consistent with information referenced by healthcare professionals using FDA approved Product Labels and FDA approved Patient Information Leaflets.
This information may, in some instances, provide more coverage for some medications than the PDR consumer drug information. It is also part of the extensive Drugs.com taxonomy – enabling direct links with more specific related information such as drug interactions, pregnancy & breastfeeding warnings and side effects.
The following index lists the documents which replace the previously available Physician’s Desk Reference Consumer Information.