UpToDate Adds 4 Lexi-Comp Titles

UpToDate Adds Four New Lexi-Comp Reference Databases; Pediatric Drugs, Natural Products, International Drugs, and Patient Advisory Leaflet Databases Now Available at the Point of Care

HUDSON, Ohio & WELLESLEY, Mass.Oct., 2003--UpToDate, a clinical information resource, announced the addition of four new Lexi-Comp clinical reference databases--pediatric drugs, natural products, international drugs and patient advisory leaflets--to version 11.3, which will be available in mid-October. UpToDate fully integrated the drug databases with the resource's more than 60,000 pages of original, peer-reviewed text. In addition, UpToDate has added prescription cost data for adult drugs from to support physicians and institutions in increasing drug cost awareness.
"Together Lexi-Comp and UpToDate provide physicians with accurate, up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug and clinical information," said Robert Kerscher, president and publisher of Lexi-Comp, Inc. "This unique combination of resources enables clinicians to make informed decisions and reduce medication errors."

Pediatric Drug Database

The addition of the Pediatric Drug Database is a key milestone in the development of UpToDate for Pediatrics. While UpToDate has always contained information on pediatric dosing, the new database provides more detailed pediatric dosing, including recommendations for neonatal dosing and for infants less than three months of age.

Natural Products Database

The Natural Products Database includes more than 170 of the most commonly used herbs and natural products, and summarizes information on usage, dosing, interactions, and adverse reactions. In addition, corresponding UpToDate topic reviews provide evidence-based recommendations and toxicology guidelines when available. For example, UpToDate includes two topic reviews that make recommendations on the use of echinacea for the treatment and prevention of upper respiratory infections and the common cold based on clinical trials. Given the number of conflicting studies and scant clinical data, UpToDate recommends a cautious approach to the use of echinacea.

International Drug Database

In response to the demand of customers in more than 110 countries, UpToDate added Lexi-Comp's International Drug Database, which contains some of the drugs that are approved for use outside of the United States. Recommendations regarding the use of international drugs and whether or not drugs available in the U.S. are interchangeable with these drugs, such as Carbimazole in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, are also included in UpToDate's topic reviews.

Patient Advisory Leaflets

In order to help physicians improve patient education, UpToDate now contains patient advisory leaflets for drugs in addition to the articles UpToDate has produced for patients and their family members who seek current, reliable information on a variety of medical conditions.

"UpToDate's value lies in the seamless integration of our evidence-based, peer-reviewed topic reviews with Lexi-Comp's current, unbiased drug information enabling physicians to deliver the best care to their patients," said Dr. Burton D. Rose, founder and editor-in-chief of UpToDate and clinical professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School.

About Lexi-Comp, Inc.

Lexi-Comp, Inc., a privately held company founded in 1978, specializes in the development, management, and distribution of clinical content. Through its relationship with over one hundred authors, Lexi-Comp creates industry-leading reference databases, with advanced searching technology, to provide time-sensitive clinical information at the point-of-care. Updated daily, the information is available online, on PDA's, and in print formats for the following areas: pharmacology, drug interactions, laboratory & diagnostic tests, natural products, infectious diseases, and poisoning & toxicology. In addition to producing award-winning information references from the Clinical Reference Library(TM) series, Lexi-Comp partners with hundreds of hospitals across the country to provide customized formulary and laboratory solutions. Tens of thousands of pharmacists, physicians, nurses, students and other healthcare providers trust Lexi-Comp's industry-leading clinical content.

About UpToDate

UpToDate is a subscription-based clinical information resource created by a community of 3000 expert clinicians to provide physicians with answers to clinical questions that arise at the point of care. UpToDate synthesizes published evidence and clinical experience to provide recommendations for patient care in fast and easy-to-use CD-ROM, online and Pocket PC formats. The company accepts no advertising or sponsorships, a policy that helps to ensure that UpToDate's content remains unbiased by any commercial interests. UpToDate is an official educational program of, recommended by, or produced in cooperation with eight leading medical societies in the United States. UpToDate is used by tens of thousands of clinicians and by hundreds of premier medical institutions worldwide including Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Academic Medical Centre in the Netherlands and St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo.


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