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October 23, 1991

PDR Drug Interactions and Side Effects Diskettes

Author Affiliations

Tucson, Ariz

Tucson, Ariz

JAMA. 1991;266(16):2299. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470160131055

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Medications are the cornerstone of specific therapy in most clinical practices. PDR Drug Interactions and Side Effects Diskettes provides the experienced clinician a pharmacologic utility of exceptional usefulness.

As the title implies, the program identifies potential drug-drug (and drug-food) interactions. As many as 20 medications and 10 foods can be evaluated at one time. When a medication poses a risk, the program will suggest alternatives.

In addition to evaluating multidrug regimens, the program lists side effects for any one medication: the user can retrieve all side effects associated with a particular drug or can limit the listing to those with an incidence of 3% or greater.

Additional features are a comprehensive list of symptoms to aid in the diagnosis of medication-related conditions and an "Indications" feature—enter a diagnosis, and the program will suggest appropriate medications. Particularly useful is the program's "Patient Records" feature, which stores medication profiles for as many