(2004; 45 pages)
Electronic products allow access to scientific articles, books and databases on hand-held computers, desktop computers, via institutional Intranets (local area networks) or via the Internet. It is easy to be overwhelmed with the large volume of information available about medicines on the Internet and it is not always easy to establish the validity and accuracy of this information especially about pharmaceuticals. For guidance on how to identify reliable sites see WHO’s guidelines (11). Focusing searches through the web sites of major national and international professional organizations and major biomedical gateways (directories of web sites) can help to identify sites of reliable information. Some examples of major gateways leading to medical and pharmaceutical sites include:
• Martindale's The “Virtual” - Pharmacy Center16
• OMNI17 (Organising Medical Networked Information).