Welcome to the Drug Information Portal Tutorial

Welcome to the Drug Information Portal tutorial. This tutorial is worth .5 MLA CE credits.

This tour allows you to follow along in the live portal website in the right-side frame, while following directions in this left-side panel.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tour. You can also navigate from the "Contents" button above, or print the tour content using the print button.

What is the Drug Information Portal?

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal provides users a single gateway to search across multiple drug information resources from NLM and other key U.S. government agencies.

Search results come from:

  • Resources hosted by the National Library of Medicine such as MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, DailyMed, and Dietary Supplements Label Database, and HSDB and LactMed
  • As well as outside resources such as Drugs@FDA, the FDA Substance Registration System, CDC and AIDSinfo.

What is the scope of the Drug Information Portal?

The portal covers many drugs from the time they are entered into clinical trials through their entry into the U.S. market place.

Many drugs from other countries are covered, but not as thoroughly as U.S. drugs.

More than 70,000 drugs can be searched using the portal.

Your turn.

On the home page in the right frame, click on the last bulleted item on the page that says: Show List of Resources Searched to see the full list of resources that the portal draws from.


You can click on the information button (i) to learn more about a particular resource.

Now click on Hide List of Resources Searched to close the list.

How do I run a search in the drug portal?

The interface for the drug portal is very simple and it searches multiple sites simultaneously.

When you arrive at the site, you see a white page with a search box in the middle of it.

You can search by a drug's trade name, such as Advil or its  generic name, such as ibuprofen.

You can search by drug category (ex. anti-anxiety agents). Drug category his will be covered more in another section of this tutorial.

There is no Advanced Search option, but directly under the search box are eight bullet points. 

The first bullet, Show Examples, demonstrated the different ways you can construct a search, including using asterisks.

 Drug Information Portal Search Lists

Your turn.

1 of 2

After reviewing the search examples provided on the site, construct a search to bring in drugs related to Diazepam. 

How many results did you get?

Your turn.

2 of 2

Locate the information button (i) at the top of the list of results for the search you just ran and answer this question:

How are search results listed?

Your turn again!

You can also search by category (class) of a drug.

Change the button to By Category and enter Anti-Anxiety Agents.

How many results did you get when you searched By Category for Anti-Anxiety Agents?

Locate the information button (i) at the top of the list of results for the search you just ran.

Notice that a box opens and defines the category/class.

Next, choose the first result from the list of anti-anxiety agents (Diazepam).

Continue to next page.

What's included on the search results page?

When you view the results for a specific drug (ex. Diazepam), you'll see that the result's page is divided into sections:

  • Result
  • Summary
  • Detailed Summary
  • Additional Resources
The Summary section of the page lists all the resources that were found for the drug.

You can hover your mouse over the information buttons (i) to view a description of the resources.

Continue to next page.

Your turn.

Try this!

Search By Name for luvox, locate the View Synonyms button and answer the following question.

Which resource provides a full list of synonyms for luvox?

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