NIH launches LiverTox:
– a free database of drugs linked to liver injury
Prescription medications are one of many culprits leading to liver injury. In data retrieved from a national registry, researchers found that herbal and dietary supplements were implicated in 18% of liver injury cases caused, or suspected of being caused, by drugs or supplements from 2003 to 2011.
LiverTox provides up-to-date, accurate, and easily accessed information on the diagnosis, cause, frequency, patterns, and management of liver injury attributable to prescription and nonprescription medications, herbals, and dietary supplements.
LiverTox also includes a case registry that will enable scientific analysis and better characterization of the clinical patterns of liver injury. The LiverTox web site provides a comprehensive resource for physicians and their patients, and for clinical academicians and researchers who specialize in drug induced hepatotoxicity.
This database is a collaboration between the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
– Dana Abbey, Colorado/Health Information Literacy Coordinator