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Pharmacology Guides

Essential resources to begin your research in Nursing are included in this Research Guide.

Pharmacology Guides

The Reference collection keeps the current issue of various drug guides. Important sources of information about pharmacology are:

United States Pharmacopeia Dispensing Information (USP DI) (O'Neill Reference . RM 300 .U83)The United States Pharmacopeial Convention sets the standards for pharmacology in the United States. This three volume set includes a volume on Drug Information for the Health Care Provider, Advice for the Patient, and Approved Drug Products and Legal Requirements.

Drug Facts and Comparisons (O'Neill RM 300 .F33)Comparative analysis of over 2000 drugs and chemotherapy agents in chart format. Includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Merck Index (O'Neill Reference Desk. RS 51 .M4 )"Standard reference describes 10,330 significant drugs and pharmaceuticals, common organic chemicals and laboratory reagents, naturally occurring substances and plants, elements and inorganic chemicals, compounds of agricultural interest, and endogenous substances."

Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics (O'Neill Reference. RM 300 .G644 )Classic text for the study of the correlation of pharmacology with medical practice and the actions and uses of drugs in connection with the various organ systems.

Mosby's Drug Consult (O'Neill Reference. RS 55.2 .P48)A guide to generic and brand name pharmaceuticals including pricing information.

Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) (O'Neill Reference. RS 75 .P5)
Annual guide to drugs including chemical formulation, therapeutic action, indications and contraindications. Information is provided by the manufacturer.

Series includes more specialized volumes such as

  • PDR Guide to Drug Interactions, Side Effects, Indications, Contraindications (O'Neill Reference. RS 75 .P37)
  • PDR for Nonprescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements (O'Neill Reference. RM 671 .A1 P48)
  • PDR Nurses Drug Handbook (O'Neill Reference. RM 125 .P472 200)
  • PDR for Herbal Medicines (O'Neill Reference. RS 75 .P554)

Stockley's Drug Interactions : A Source Book of Interactions, Their Mechanisms, Clinical Importance, and Management (O'Neill Reference. RM302 .S76 )Comprehensive treatment of drug interactions. More texts on this subject are in the O'Neill stacks at RM302

Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines (O'Neill Reference RM 666 .H33T44 1998)Authoritative guide to the use of herbs in medicine, providing uses, indications and side effects, as well as chemical and taxonomic listings, regulations and standards. Also lists unapproved herbs. This text is supplemented by Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs (O'Neill Reference. RM 666 .H33 H37 2000.)

Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice . (O'Neill RM 262 .P4685 )
Explains the nursing process in the use of pharmacotherapeutics in the health care setting.

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