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American Hospital Formulary Service Available Online Through MedicinesComplete; Increased content on the drug information subscription service from Pharmaceutical Press.

CHICAGO -- Pharmaceutical Press has announced the addition of American Hospital Formulary hospital formulary
A compilation of pharmaceuticals and other information that reflects the current clinical judgment of a hospital's medical staff.
 (AHFS AHFS American Hospital Formulary Service ) to MedicinesComplete. MedicinesComplete brings together some of the world's leading drug and healthcare references on one integrated platform.

AHFS Drug Information (AHFS-DI) is one of the most comprehensive sources of unbiased and authoritative drug information available to health professionals today. It features reliable, evidence-based data on more than 50,000 drug products. A wholly independent staff of drug information pharmacists and other professional editorial and analytical staff thoroughly research AHFS content. The monographs include tens of thousands of references, including clinical research findings, therapeutic guidelines, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration

FDA, See Food and Drug Administration.

FDA, the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration.
) approved labeling. The U.S. Congress and various health care insurance providers have recognized the authority of AHFS DI AHFS DI American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information  as a source of information on the medically accepted uses of drugs.

AHFS DI(R) went live on MedicinesComplete on 8 May 2006.

Charles Fry Charles Anthony Fry, born January 14, 1940, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire is an ex-First Class cricketer and now a cricket administrator. He is the grandson of the legendary C B Fry – his father Stephen Fry also played First Class cricket for Hampshire. , Managing Director of RPS rps
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 Publishing, said: "RPS Publishing is delighted to be working with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is a professional organization representing the interests of pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems.  to include AHFS within MedicinesComplete. AHFS DI(R) is an ideal companion publication to major reference works such as Martindale and Stockley's Drug Interactions and adds to the international appeal of our online subscription service. We welcome the opportunity to offer AHFS to a wider audience via MedicinesComplete."

Carol Wolfe, Vice President of ASHP's Publications and Drug Information System Office, said: "We are very pleased by this new collaboration between ASHP ASHP American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.  and RPSP RPSP Radar Programmable Signal Processor
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 to extend access to AHFS Drug Information to clinicians and researchers throughout the world. The MedicinesComplete collection, now complemented by AHFS Drug Information, provides excellent resources to all who are engaged in advancing evidence-based drug therapy."

MedicinesComplete is a comprehensive online resource allowing access to respected publications including: AHFS Drug Information, Martindale: The complete drug reference, the British National Formulary The British National Formulary (BNF) contains a wide spectrum of information on prescribing and pharmacology, among others indications, side effects and costs of the prescription of all medications available on the National Health Service. , BNF See Backus-Naur form.

BNF - Backus-Naur Form. Originally Backus Normal Form.
 for Children, Stockley's Drug Interactions, Herbal Medicines, the Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients excipients, all the constituents of a remedy that lack medicinal properties. See also adjuvant, auxiliary substance, and vehicle.
, Dietary Supplements and Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons.

MedicinesComplete offers access to evaluated drug information and up-to-date clinical information that meets the needs of pharmacists, clinicians, analytical chemists, physicians, nurses, researchers, librarians, pharmaceutical companies and information professionals.

Offering complete international coverage, MedicinesComplete contains over 100,000 references to worldwide original research, scientific papers, guidelines, meta-analyses, systematic reviews, reports and case studies.

Subscribers to MedicinesComplete can 'mix and match' from a list of publications with one or more titles available with annual licenses for individuals, groups or organizations. For further information on individual licenses not intended for use at or within corporations, hospitals, academic institutions, government, etc., please visit us at
For further information on corporate, hospital, academic, and
                  government licenses, please contact
     Gus Olivares, North American Sales Manager - Digital Content
                         Pharmaceutical Press
                            +1 615 595 1150

Notes to editors

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) is the statutory regulatory and professional body for pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in England, Scotland and Wales.  is the regulatory and professional body for pharmacists in England, Scotland and Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff. .

The primary objective of the Society is to lead, regulate and develop the pharmacy profession.

The Society has responsibility for a wide range of functions that combine to assure competence and fitness to practice.

These include controlled entry into the profession, education, registration, setting and enforcing professional standards, promoting good practice, providing support for improvement, dealing with poor performance, dealing with misconduct and removal from the register.

In addition, the Society leads and supports the development of the profession in the public interest and promotes the profession's policies and views to a range of external stakeholders in a number of different forums.

RPS Publishing is the publishing organization of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Under the Pharmaceutical Press imprint, it produces high-quality books, learned journals and databases for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Its publications are internationally recognized as leaders in their field. RPS Publishing is also responsible for such highly respected publications as the British National Formulary (with the British Medical Journal The British Medical Journal, or BMJ, is one of the most popular and widely-read peer-reviewed general medical journals in the world.[2] It is published by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (owned by the British Medical Association), whose other  Publishing Group) and the Pharmaceutical Journal.


Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), AHFS DI has been a widely respected source of drug information in hospitals for nearly 50 years. The compendium has a longstanding policy of editorial independence from the influence of pharmaceutical manufacturers, health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers, and other third parties. AHFS is available as a suite of products, including an Intranet/Internet deployable knowledge base (AHFSfirstWeb(TM)), a version for personal digital assistants, and an online resource to be launched in late 2006. The AHFS database is included in the STAT!Ref electronic medical library and AHFS provides detailed drug information to complement the ePocrates drug reference guide in ePocrates Rx Online(TM) + AHFS(R) DI, an Internet-based formulary formulary /for·mu·lary/ (for´mu-lar?e) a collection of recipes, formulas, and prescriptions.

National Formulary  see under N.

 management product for hospitals. For more information about AHFS DI, visit

For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 30,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's web site,, or its consumer web site,
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