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
Under the Directories tab, poison control centres,
health organizations, and pharmaceutical manufacturers
The Clin-Info tab contains only the following drug
interactions: Cytochrome P450 Drug Interactions, Drug
Administration and Food, and Drug Administration and
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
To access e-CPS:
- from the Gerstein homepage http://www.library.utoronto.ca/gerstein
- select Resources on the top line to go
to the all resources page
- in the search box, enter: e-cps
- and select Starting with
- and click Search