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Editorial information:

PharmaGuide is not a substitute for full prescribing information of any medicine. Medical and allied health professionals must be familiar with the full prescribing information of every product he/she prescribes or dispenses. PharmaGuide contains comprehensive information designed solely for use by medical and allied health professionals as a reminder of basic information such as indications, dosage and contraindications. The information has been deliberately kept concise in a standardized format so that it serves as a convenient, quick and easy reference tool. The training and experience of doctors is essential to forming any opinion on the appropriateness of a specific drug for any particular patient. In reaching professional judgment on whether to prescribe a product, which product to prescribe, and under what regimen, the doctor should thoroughly understand the options available for any clinical application, the potential effectiveness of each product, and the associated risks and side effects. This knowledge should be considered in light of the special circumstances of a patient, for each patient is unique. No single reference can substitute medical training and experience. The doctor must be familiar with the full product information of every product he or she prescribes, as well as the relevant medical information. The prescribing & dispensing decisions are ultimately the responsibility of members of the healthcare profession. PharmaGuide is offered to assist medical and allied health professionals in this area and minimize medication errors. Drug Interaction Checker is an add-on to the PharmaGuide Application. Information of Drug Interaction is also provided in the prescribing information section of products. Drug Interaction Checker includes only those interactions for which specific drug interaction studies demonstrating severity, onset, effects, mechanism and management have been published. Some drug interactions are not included in the Drug Interaction Checker because specific studies covering all the above parameters have not been published. Users are therefore advised to refer to INTERACTIONS in the prescribing information section of this application in order to determine whether or not drug interaction exists.

Source of Information:

All products are classified in the Therapeutic Category according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Classification (ATC) Table of EphMRA (European Pharmaceutical Market Research Association, a non-profit organization for the classification of all pharmaceutical products in the world). They have developed and maintained a classification system that clearly mentions which products are to appear under which Pharmacological Therapeutic Category. This list is similar to that of WHO Anatomical Therapeutic Classification. Both the organizations EphMRA and WHO are continuously working together for unification of classification of codes of pharmaceutical products. PharmaGuide strictly adheres to EphMRA Classification and accordingly, all the pharmaceuticals are placed in their relevant Therapeutic Categories. The sources for prescribing information of medicines are USFDA and UKMOH full prescribing information of medicines, which are approved by USFDA and UKMOH. The sources also include full prescribing information of products provided by the manufacturers to the medical and allied health profession, if supported by USFDA or UKMOH. These are the sources of information for prescribing information i.e. indications, dosage, administration, contraindications, precautions, drug-drug interactions and adverse effects. Cross validation of information is also done from the information provided in world recognized textbooks and reference books on pharmacology and therapeutics, for example, Martindale The Extra Pharmacopeia, Good & Gillman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics and Drug Facts & Comparisons USA.

Liability of Information:

PharmaGuide has more than three decades of experience in disseminating prescribing information. It is not an official compendium or reference book of any ministry of health, neither a substitute for an official compendium. PharmaGuide is a quick reference source of information, to be referred only by medical and allied health professionals, to assist them in fulfilling their professional responsibilities. PharmaGuide takes full liability if any wrong or misguiding prescribing information is provided in the publication, to the extent that if the information does not appear in the USFDA and UKMOH full prescribing information or world-recognized text books and reference books on pharmacology and therapeutics. At any point of time PharmaGuide can provide the specific source for any specific pharmaceutical product information on demand. Every effort has been made to make the information accurate and error- free. However, chances of minor human error may be possible keeping in view that data is collected, compiled and standardized from different countries. Therefore, PharmaGuide, its employees or agents cannot be held responsible for any human error or omission howsoever, or for any consequence arising therefrom.

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