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J Adv Pharm Technol Res. 2013 Apr;4(2):84-93. doi: 10.4103/2231-4040.111524.

Indian aspects of drug information resources and impact of drug information centre on community.

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Department of Pharmaceutics, KIET School of Pharmacy, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Drug information centre refer to facility specially set aside for, and specializing in the provision of drug information and related issues. The purpose of drug information center is to provide authentic individualized, accurate, relevant and unbiased drug information to the consumers and healthcare professionals regarding medication related inquiries to the nation for health care and drug safety aspects by answering their call regarding the all critical problems on drug information, their uses and their side effects. Apart from that the center also provides in-depth, impartial source of crucial drug information to meet the needs of the practicing physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals to safeguard the health, financial and legal interests of the patient and to broaden the pharmacist role visible in the society and community. The service should include collecting, reviewing, evaluating, indexing and distributing information on drugs to health workers. Drug and poisons information centers are best established within major teaching hospitals. This allows access to clinical experience, libraries, research facilities and educational activities. Information present in the current paper will not only enlighten the role of drug information center but also focused on the rational use of drug.

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Drug information center; Role of WHO; drug information services; health care; illegal drug information center

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