Catch up on the Australian Prescriber
For the first time the Internet version of the journal Australian Prescriber is available in PDF format, with Acrobat reader software provided. Back issues of the journal (from 1994) are also available on the Web site at http://www.australianprescriber.com
Read INRUD News on the Web
INRUD News, the twice-yearly journal of the International Network for Rational Use of Drugs
(INRUD) is now available on the Web. Published twice a year, over 3,000 copies of the journal are distributed free of charge worldwide. Contents include updates on INRUD global activities, news from country and support groups, meeting and workshop reports, research briefs, and references to articles on rational use of drugs.
You can subscribe to INRUD News, and read current and previous issues by clicking on the newsletter icon at http://www.msh.org/inrud
Lancet’s electronic research archive
The Lancet has launched an experimental electronic research archive (ERA) in international health. This self-archive will be owned by authors and administered by the Lancet. Access will be unrestricted through the ERA Web site: http://www.thelancet.com/newlancet/eprint The objective is to create a searchable electronic public library of research in international health. It is hoped to cover all issues relevant to medicine in the developing world, and the Lancet is appealing for support in its effort to make knowledge accessible to all members of the international health community.
SATELLIFE Information Services’ new automatic response
There is a new and easy way to learn about the free information services that SATELLIFE makes available to health professionals, particularly those in the developing world. Send a request to <firstname.lastname@example.org> inserting no text in the body of your message and leaving the subject line blank. You will soon receive details of SATELLIFE’s services.
For further information see page 6. You can also visit SATELLIFE on the Web at: http://www.healthnet.org
Drug Price Indicator Guide updated
The International Drug Price Indicator Guide, available on Management Sciences for Health Manager’s Electronic Resource Centre Web site at: http://erc.msh.org has been updated. Data for the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 editions are on line. Search capabilities have also been improved, and new features added.
To obtain a print version of the 1999 Guide contact: the MSH Bookstore. Fax: + 1 617-524-2825, e-mail: email@example.com
Children and medicines
The United States Pharmacopoeia has posted “References for Children and Medicines” with abstracts on its Web site: www.usp.org This is a 47-page document with references primarily relating to behaviour, ethics and rates of use. Send suggestions for additions to Patricia J. Bush, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ordering WHO books on pharmaceuticals?
Check out WHO priced publications on pharmaceuticals at: http://www.who.int/dsa/cat98/phar8htm
No Free Lunch
No Free Lunch, which is dedicated to evidence-based health care, has created a listserve, called nofreelunchserve. The list is intended to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.
Subscribe at: http://email@example.com
International Digest of Health Legislation on-line database
The International Digest of Health Legislation contains a selection of national and international health legislation, mainly official publications and other documents forwarded by WHO Member States. Some texts are summarised, while only the titles are given for others, but where possible links are provided to other Web sites containing full texts of the legislation.
You can query a database by selecting a country, a subject, a volume, and by looking for a specific keyword. Check out the site at: http://www.who.int/idhl
HIF-net at WHO
HIF-net at WHO is an e-mail discussion list for people who want to improve access to reliable information for health workers in developing and transitional countries.
To join, send an email message to the list moderator at: INASP_Health@compuserve.com In the body of the message, say you want to participate in HIF-net at WHO and add a few lines about your professional interest in health information. This will be used as your HIF Participant Profile. Your name will be added to the list and the WHO server will automatically send you a welcome message with details on how to participate.
For an information sheet on HIF-net at WHO, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org leave the subject line blank, and in the message-box type: info hif-net Messages to the whole list should be sent to email@example.com Health Information Forum (HIF) is run as an activity of the INASP-Health Programme, a cooperative network of partners which aims to improve global access to information and knowledge.
Contact: Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Programme Manager, INASP-Health, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU, UK. E-mail: INASP_Health@compuserve.com Web site: http://www.inasp.org.uk
Now HIV/AIDS information in French
The SAFCO (SIDA en Afrique du Centre et de l’Ouest) network has been set up to encourage discussion and the electronic exchange of information on issues related to HIV or AIDS in francophone Africa. To subscribe send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org (see page 3 for more details).
What’s new on EDM’s homepage?
The Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy’s homepage is continuing to expand and become more user friendly. As well as introducing the essential drugs concept, national drug policies, and the work of WHO and EDM, many more of the Department’s documents can be viewed and downloaded.
Among recent highlights are the addition of Operational Principles for Good Pharmaceutical Procurement (see below) and Quality Assurance of Pharmaceuticals. A Compendium of Guidelines and Related Materials. Volume 2. Good Manufacturing Practices and Inspection. The WHO Medicines Strategy: Framework for Action in Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy 2000 - 2003 is now available electronically, as is the document Essential Drugs used in the Care of People Living with HIV: Sources and Prices. Some documents in EDM’s Health Economics and Research Series can also be downloaded.
The complete English, French and Spanish versions of the Monitor (from number 23 onwards) can be found in PDF format.
Check us out at: http://www.who.int/medicines
Pharm-policy e-discussion group
Discussions in this group cover pharmaceutical policies, particularly those involving intellectual property, technology transfer and pricing. Anything significant gets on this discussion group within 24 hours: http://lists.essential.org/mailman/listinfo/pharm-policy
New Medline search tool
BioMail periodically does a user-customised Medline search and sends all matching articles recently added to Medline to the users’ e-mail address. Medical researchers and biologists wanting regular updates from journal articles will benefit from the service, which is free of charge. It will be particularly useful for countries where access to the Internet is not yet widely available. If people have a permanent e-mail address, but only sporadic access to the World Wide Web, they only need to fill out a BioMail form once and they will receive new references from Medline continually.
Find out more at: http://biomail.sourceforge.net/biomail/
Links to other free alert sites:
Pubcrawler is another Medline alert service, available through the Department of Genetics, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland: http://www.pubcrawler.ie
PubMed Query tool: Biotechnology Computing Facility, Arizona Research Laboratories, USA, at: http://bcf.arl. arizona.edu/query/add.html
JADE: also a Medline alert service, The National Center for Emergency Medicine Informatics in the USA: http://biodigital.org/jade/