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Consumer drug reference
United States Pharmacopeial Convention.
2003 edition.
Publication Information:
Yonkers, N.Y. : Consumer Reports, [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, various pagings : color photographs ; 29 cm
General Note:
"A Consumer reports reference guide"--p. [4] of cover.

"Published simultaneously by Micromedex, under the title USP DI. Volume II (advice for the patient), twenty-second edition, 2003"--T.p. verso.

Previously published as: United States pharmacopeia drug information for the consumer (1980-1990); Complete drug reference (1991-2001).
Added Uniform Title:
Complete drug reference.
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Now more than ever, you need to take an active role in managing your own health care. One way to do that is to know as much as you can about the drugs you take. The new 2003 edition of the Consumer Reports' Consumer Drag Reference (CDR) can help. Unlike other drug references, the CDR relies solely on medical experts for its facts -- not drug companies' package inserts. These experts have worked with the United States Pharmacopeia to bring you:
-- unbiased, authoritative information on more than 11,000 drugs, including vitamins and minerals, and the newest drugs
-- full-color identification chart of pills and tablets
-- drug precautions and side effects you should know before using
-- free link to the web for new and additional drug listings

The 2003 edition of the CDR is published by Consumer Reports in partnership with the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). Both organizations are independent and nonprofit. Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, was established in 1936 to provide consumers with information and advice on products, services, health and personal finance. USP is composed of delegates from accredited colleges of medicine and pharmacy, state medical and pharmaceutical associations, national associations such as the American Medical Association, consumer groups, and various branches of the Federal government. Since 1820, USP has worked in the public's interest to set the standards for strength, quality, purity, packaging and labeling of drugs.

Author Notes

Consumer Reports Magazine Consumer Reports distributes its unbiased and independently tested information in several different forms. They have monthly newsletters, special publications, telephone information and television and radio programs. The monthly newsletters cover health and travel and the special publications cover a wide variety of topics from automobiles to baby products. The telephone service helps the consumer get the best deal on new and used cars. Consumer Reports covers the standard subjects of automobiles to household items and also includes information on subjects that range from food chains, traveling to mutual funds.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Consumer Reports Editionp. iv
To the Reader
How to Use This Bookp. v
About USP and Micromedexp. vi
Index Guidep. vii
Indexp. 1
The Medicine Chartp. i
General Information
General Information About Use of Medicinesp. 1
Avoiding Medicine Mishapsp. 3
Getting the Most Out of Your Medicinesp. 6
About the Medicines You Are Takingp. 12
Drug Entriesp. 1
Glossaryp. 1613
I. Additional Products and Usesp. 1629
II. Poison Control Center Listingp. 1631
III. USP People 2000-2005
Officers and Board of Trusteesp. 1635
General Committee of Revisionp. 1635
Council of Expertsp. 1635
Council of Experts Executive Committeep. 1635
Complex Actives Division Executive Committeep. 1635
General Policies and Requirements Executive Committeep. 1635
Information Division Executive Committeep. 1635
Noncomplex Actives and Excipients Division Executivep. 1635
Nomenclature and Labeling Expert Committeep. 1636
2000-2005 Information Expert Committeesp. 1637
Information Division Additional Contributorsp. 1639
Members of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention as of May 24, 2002p. 1639