Highly Recommended

DailyMed

DailyMed, the official provider of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) drug label information, provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs. This website promotes knowledge of drug interactions, dosage, warnings, and more in an effort to empower and protect consumers.

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Review Date: 8/17/2018

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Ease of Use

DailyMed gives users several methods to search for specific drugs. And because the website maintains such a tight focus on providing medication safety information, users can easily figure out what to do. The problem is perhaps too much information. Sections of each page collapse and expand into topics like ingredients, uses, directions, warnings, and more. Unfortunately these topics are listed in random order so the user must scroll to find specific information. To head off browsing issues, the website provides a "Help" page that explains its searching functions in detail.

Visual Design

A visually plain website that serves as a database for clinical drug information. The site's strong blue color scheme keeps the eye engaged, with a strategic use of orange to guide visitors to important areas. However, the only images available here are of the drugs themselves and their packaging.

Quality

Some of the most comprehensive drug information available to consumers. Though the content is clinical, and likely too technical for those interested in general information, the site covers virtually all safety aspects of FDA-approved drugs. And because he information is provided by the FDA itself, users can rest assured they're getting the latest and most accurate safety warnings.

Credibility

Being a U.S. government website, DailyMed carries a great deal of authority. The drug labeling information here is the most recent submitted to the FDA by drug manufacturers. And each page features a date of last update so users can know of recent news, all appearing to occur within the last 2-3 years.

Pros

  1. Contains packaging information for all marketed drugs approved by the FDA
  2. Visitors can search drugs by name, NDC code, manufacturer name, drug class, and more
  3. Information on each drug comes in condensed and detailed versions, helpful to patients and providers
  4. No advertisements for specific drugs

Cons

  1. Amount of information can be overwhelming
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Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Institutes of Health, operating within the Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Pill identifier tool, recall and safety announcements, news, online workshops

Languages: English

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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