NLM releases Pillbox in beta
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), with support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has released a beta version of Pillbox, a resource intended to enhance patient safety via an identification and reference system for solid dosage medications. Check this out at http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov. Pillbox combines pharmaceutical data from the FDA and NLM with high resolution images, enabling rapid identification of unknown medications. This system is designed for use by emergency physicians, first responders, other health care providers, Poison Control Center staff, and concerned citizens. However, Pillbox is only in beta and is not yet ready for clinical use because the Pillbox images are not part of the Structured Product Label (FDA-approved drug label) and have not been verified by each manufacturer. NLM is working with the FDA to resolve this issue.