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November 19, 2007 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Thomson Healthcare Launches as Free Consumer Site

Thomson Healthcare (, publisher of the Physicians’ Desk Reference, has launched as a free site for consumers. is based on the same information platform that Thomson Healthcare uses to create the Physicians’ Desk Reference database. This drug information is then paired with comprehensive diagnostic tools. The new is designed to put critical health information into the hands of consumers. Individuals can also sign up to receive electronic newsletters, alerts on new clinical trials, and any new information about prescription drugs.

Among the user-friendly information resources featured on are the following:

  • Drugs & Supplements: Addressing thousands of brand-name and generic prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal supplements, the drug database is widely recognized for providing information on drug interactions, side effects, dosages, and alternative therapies.’s interactive decision tools allow consumers to see the various treatment options associated with a particular drug protocol.
  • Diseases & Conditions: This information is indexed and searchable by diagnosis. In addition to providing valuable background information on the diagnosis itself, the site’s interactive decision tools allow users to search common treatment options, explore clinical trials, and look up drugs and supplements that treat the condition.
  • Online Health Tools: A variety of health information research tools are provided on the site, including preventative resources such as the HDL and LDL cholesterol level risk factor analyzer. The site plans to add new tools such as a medication identifier that will contain a pictorial library of drugs to help identify pills and other medications.
Source: Thomson Healthcare

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