directly from the package inserts for the drugs. The publisher supplies periodic
supplements to the text. The PDR is written primarily for physicians; however, many
medical personnel have the background to use the reference. The PDR is divided into
the following nine areas:
(1) The Manufacturers' Index. This section supplies information (that is,
address and telephone number) on the manufacturers who supplied prescribing
information for the PDR.
(2) The Product Name Index. This section provides an alphabetical listing
of the drug products by trade name and the page number where the drug product
information may be located.
(3) The Product Classification Index. This section of the PDR provides an
alphabetical listing of the drug products by their therapeutic classifications. Page
numbers for locating the drug products are provided for quick reference.
(4) The Generic and Chemical Name Index. In this section, the products
are categorized under generic and chemical name headings according to their principal
(5) The Product Identification Section. This section of the PDR provides a
pictorial display (by manufacturer) of capsules, tablets, and containers. This area can
be used to identify products that one does not immediately recognize by appearance.
(6) The Product Information Section. Manufacturer lists this alphabetical
arrangement of over 2,500 pharmaceuticals. The drug products are fully described in
the following areas: common names, generic compositions, chemical names,
composition, action and uses, administration and dosage, contraindications,
precautions, side effects, supplied, and other information concerning use.
(7) The Diagnostic Product Information Section. The PDR focuses on the
descriptions of diagnostic products. This section of PDR focuses on the descriptions of
diagnostic products. The products are listed alphabetically.
(8) The Poison Control Centers Section. This section contains a list of
poison control centers and their emergency telephone numbers.
(9) The Guide to Management of Drug Overdose Section. This section is
located on the inside back cover of the PDR. The aim of this section is to provide the
physician with useful information on the management of drug overdoses. Of course,
any individual who is suspected to have ingested an overdose of medication should be
taken to the nearest medical treatment facility for prompt attention and treatment.
b. Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences. Mack Publishing Company
publishes this text. Although written for pharmacists, who work in any pharmacy setting,