Online drug information compendia, such as DailyMed and Lexicomp, are extremely helpful tools that help both health care professionals and consumers to learn more information about medications and pharmaceutical products. Although these resources are easily available and thus important to use during practice, the information included is not always accurate. During this study, researchers assessed 270 drug summaries from 5 common online drug information compendia over the course of six months in order to see if there was any misinformation.
Overall, the median of the total number of errors identified was 782. Errors were characterized as incomplete, inaccurate, or omitted. Inaccurate information was inconsistent with the medication guide, incomplete information had some of the information but not all of it, and omitted errors had information missing entirely that was included in the medication guide. Most of the errors were found to occur in the categories of Dosage and Administration, Patient Education, and Warnings and Precautions.
In class, we learned about a number of methods in order to evaluate drug information resources in order to get the most correct answer. One way is to check multiple resources to confirm your answer. This eliminates the chance of relaying incorrect information. Dr. Owens suggested that we use the compendia UptoDate, but that we have a variety on hand. In this age where we have a variety of resources at our fingertips, how else do you think we can make sure that we have the most up-to-date and accurate information?