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Global Health: Drug Resources (Micromedex)

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Utilize Nursing Pharmacology or Drug Books

Take advantage of Nursing pharmacology (drug) books because they will not only provide drug information, but also will include nursing-specific information such as nursing implications, alerts and warnings, and patient/family education. The COD Library has a variety of nursing pharmacology and drug handbooks available in both print and electronic formats.

Drug & Pharmacology Nursing Books in the COD Library Collection

Micromedex and the MobileMicromedex App

Micromedex (a point-of-care, clinical database)

  • is an evidence-based, multi-database drug search engine
  • provides summary and in-depth information for drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter products), diseases, toxicology, and alternative medicine
  • provides customizable patient education (CareNotes) for medications, procedures, and conditions
  • contains clinical tools including IV compatibility, drug identification, drug interactions, drug comparison, and clinical calculators
Carenotes (Available within Micromedex):
  • provides easy-to-understand information about all aspects of care and health
  • has documents available in English and Spanish (and up to 13 other languages)
  • contains concise, customizable patient education materials addressing patient conditions, treatment, diets, laboratory tests, follow-up care, psychosocial issues, continuing health, and the most frequently administered drugs
  • content helps meet JCAHO patient education guidelines



How to Get mobileMicromedex



To download and use Micromedex MOBILE apps, you will need to obtain the latest passwords found within the Micromedex database's Download Mobile Apps button or Mobile Application Access link (see image above).

Micromedex updates frequently and the mobile version's passwords change too. Don't contact the Library for passwords.


To get mobile app passwords, follow these steps:


Access the Micromedex database via the COD Library Web site ( using the Databases page OR  via the Articles section of a COD Library Nursing or other Health Sciences Research Guide.

Click on the Mobile Application Access link located on the right side at the top of the page OR the Download Mobile Apps button  at the bottom right of the page.

From the download page, select the Micromedex Native Mobile Apps option.

Several apps are available. SCROLL DOWN to see all available apps. 

If a password is necessary, it will be included in the app download information (usually in step #4).

Write down the password and then proceed to either the App store, or Google Play to download the app. Enter the password when prompted.

Micromedex is constantly tweaking apps as well as updating clinical content on a daily basis.

You will be prompted to update this app frequently.

Always go to Micromedex through the COD Library pages and navigate to the download center for the password to update the app(s)!



Micromedex versus MobileMicromedex


Until you familiarize yourself with all of the features available in Micromedex, consider using the "full" version on a PC or Laptop. Then replicate your search on your mobile device using the mobileMicromedex app(s) and familiarize yourself with how to "drill down" to get the same information.

Micromedex (the full version) provides a clear visual picture (links) to all information available on a given topic, but the same information provided in mobileMicromedex may be available 3 or 4 screens (clicks) in on a hand-held device. If you aren't familiar with what information is available in Micromedex, it may be harder to locate information using the mobile apps until you learn where the information is embedded.

Citing from Micromedex and MobileMicromedex

Drug Websites

Maintained by the National Library of Medicine, this site provides high quality drug information including FDA approved labels (package inserts). It is designed to supply health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts
A drug information database for consumers and medical professionals, providing information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, treatment notes for specific diseases and conditions, and topical articles and news related to pharmaceuticals

MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine
Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications provided through two drug resources -- MedMaster, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the USP DI Advice for the Patient, a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

RxList - The Internet Drug Index
Contains a database of approximately 5,000 product names that is updated regularly including professional monographs derived from FDA approved labeling and patient-oriented monographs
Easy-to-read information on more than 800 drugs sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

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