Drug Information Handbook
The Drug Information Handbook covers over 4,000 US and Canadian medications containing up to 29 key fields of information within each drug monograph. The information is alphabetically organized by brand and generic drug name (like a dictionary) and fully cross-referenced by page number. Dosing information is provided for both labeled and unlabeled indications. This new edition also provides drug-herb interactions where applicable.
The appendicies contains over 290 pages of comparative drug charts, tables, and treatment guideline information covering a variety of clinical topics. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nevada College of Pharmacy, Las Vegas. Annual quick reference is organized alphabetically by both brand and generic drug names in dictionary format. Includes more than 4,900 US and Canadian medications, more than 1,300 monographs with 34 key fields of information per monograph, and more than 275 pages of appendix information including drug interaction tables.
The Essential Portable Drug Reference, November 14, 2005
I am a clinical pharmacy specialist on an internal medicine teaching service. I have found that Lexi-Comp Drug Information is by far the most user-friendly, yet comprehensive of the portable drug references. Drugs are listed alphabetically by generic name, so there is no fumbling through indexes and listings by class when information is needed quickly, e.g., on rounds with the medical team. The topic headings under each monograph are extensive and thorough, and there are a number of useful appendices in the back of the book. There is a joke in our facility that this book is surgically attached to one hand of all the clinical pharmacists. This is the book I keep by the phone at home when I am on call, and the reference I recommend to my students to bring on teaching rounds.
While initially a "pocket" reference, the DI Handbook has quite outgrown the labcoat pocket, though it is still very portable. Though there are some monographs for combination products, there are no side-by-side comparisons of combination drugs such as found in Facts and Comparisons, et al. Adverse effects sections consist of lists of reactions ranked by frequnecy and categorized by organ system. Detailed information about any specific reaction is generally lacking, but it does provide a starting point for further investigation.
Overall, this is the best combination of ease-of-use and thoroughness of information in a drug reference that I have found.