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Rational Prescribing Resources

US Preventative Services Task Force Guide to Clinical Practice for 2014

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts that makes evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services.

Australian Prescriber

Australian Prescriber provides free, easy-to-use access to online reviews on specific drugs and diseases. Alphabetized list of drugs and journal issues are available.

Therapeutics Letter

Published by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

The Alosa Foundation

Founded by Jerry Avorn M.D. of Harvard University. The website provides modules on specific diseases, and evidence-based literature reviews on treatments (PEARLs).

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

The Cochrane Collaboration

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Resources include:

Clinical recommendations on preventive medicine in adults and children, including immunizations, screening, counseling, and preventive medicines.  Topics include cancer screening, vitamin supplements, elder abuse, breastfeeding, and many others.

Evidence Reports summarize research on the benefits and harms of different treatment options, and rate the strength of evidence. Medication guides also contain basic wholesale price information.

The National Guideline Clearinghouse is a database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

AHRQ also allows users to search for specific research summaries, reviews and reports.

Free CME and CE activities are also available.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Free CME is available via the “Grand Rounds” section, which covers autism-spectrum disorder, infertility, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, and many more subjects.

The CDC also publishes many free publications, including:

Quick-reference statistics

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics

Fast Stats provides quick access to statistics on many public health topics.

Health Data Interactive provides free customized tables of national health statistics to explore different trends and patterns.

National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health

NCI hosts an alphabetized drug dictionary, and a plethora of information on various oncological therapies with fact sheets for download.

The FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research  (CDER)

CDER focuses on drug therapies.

CDERLearn contains free CME courses

Drug Info Rounds Videos are podcasts for practicing clinical and community pharmacists.

CDER World has non-CME short videos on how a drug is brought to market, and information on drug labeling.

Other Resources Include:

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NICE Medicines and Prescribing Alerts

“Medicine and Prescribing Alerts”, which are frequent brief summaries on new drugs and drug issues, are available to non-UK prescribers. Other materials on the NICE website are available only to U.K. healthcare providers.

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects  (DARE)

Search one or all of three databases: the Economic Evaluation Database, the Health Technology Assessment Database, and the Ongoing Reviews Database.

WHO, the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, provides extensive publications and resources on international health, specific diseases, and drug information, including:


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