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Gerstein news
electronic resources newsletter from the Gerstein Science Information Centre

Volume 7, Issue 1/ August 2005    
1. Micromedex
2. e-CPS
3. an@tomy.tv
4. Scholars Portal Search
5. New Ovid MEDLINE features
6. International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA) on Ovid

7.New PDA resources

8. Fall Classes
9. MEDLINE/PubMed appointments always available at Gerstein

10. Previous issues

2. e-CPS Now Available

The Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties, the principal print drug resource for Canadian consumers, health professionals and researchers is now available electronically via the library's electronic resources.

The 2005 online edition contains 72 full product monographs and 14 monographs from the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Monographs consist of separate searchable sections on pharmacology, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse effects, overdose, and dosage. The section Information for the Patient is now only found in the electronic version.

Drug monograph information may be obtained by clicking on the Drug Monograph tab. A search may be conducted by typing in a brand or a generic name, drug class or manufacturer. Both brand and generic names may be searched simultaneously. Date of preparation and date of revision (if applicable) is included for each monograph.

Under the Directories tab, poison control centres, health organizations, and pharmaceutical manufacturers
are listed.

The Clin-Info tab contains only the following drug interactions: Cytochrome P450 Drug Interactions, Drug Administration and Food, and Drug Administration and Grapefruit.

Product Identification Tool tab allows searching for drug images (photographs) by dosage form, shape, color, imprint, brand or generic name.

Also available is the Human Blood and Blood Components tab giving information on these topics.

The e-CPS is not a comprehensive listing of drugs available in Canada. Nor is the information supplied by the e-CPS exhaustive. Other sources such as AHFS (American Hospital Formulary Service), USPDI, Martindale, etc, may have to be consulted. (AHFS and USPDI are currently available via STATRef while Martindale is now available via Micromedex. See separate article in this newsletter on Micromedex.)

For more information contact Elizabeth Vitek (elizabeth.vitek.khoo@utoronto.ca 416-978-1580).

To access e-CPS:
  1. from the Gerstein homepage http://www.library.utoronto.ca/gerstein
  2. select Resources on the top line to go to the all resources page
  3. in the search box, enter: e-cps
  4. and select Starting with
  5. and click Search

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