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Pillbox Beta Version Released

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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.

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.

Pillbox allows users to identify solid dosage medications based on several physical characteristics: imprint (characters or number printed on a medication), shape, color, size, and scoring. Users are shown thumbnail images of possible matches which are continually updated as additional information is entered. Once a medication has been identified, further information is provided, including brand/generic name, ingredients, and DEA schedule. Links to NLM drug information resources are also offered.

NLM has made a great effort to verify the authenticity of each image.  However, the Pillbox images are not part of the Structured  Product Label (FDA-approved drug label) and have not been verified by each manufacturer.  For this reason, Pillbox is not currently intended for clinical use.

This fall, NLM and the FDA will initiate a pilot program working with manufacturers to have images submitted for inclusion with the FDA-approved drug label.  This will increase the number of images in Pillbox and help to create a resource appropriate for clinical use.

Pillbox Beta has two versions: the Adobe Flex version is designed for rapid identification of an unknown medication; the Pillbox screen-reader version has advanced search functionality, including drug name.

Questions about Pillbox should be addressed to David Hale, Biomedical Files Implementation Branch, Division of Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine,

Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLS
National Library of Medicine
Division of Specialized Information Services
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 515
Bethesda, MD  20892

Consumer Health RFI

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Forwarded from NLM:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Communications and Public Liaison and the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives have partnered to develop a Consumer Health Information RFI in response to a Directive by President Barack Obama to all Federal agencies calling for greater transparency, public participation, and collaboration.

In conjunction with the NIH goals for public input and effective dissemination of science-based health resources and information to the public, the RFI will provide insight and better understanding of the health information needs and information-seeking behaviors of NIH health consumer audiences.

Information gathered will assist the agency in developing and disseminating health, medical, and scientific information to a broader variety of audiences.

The RFI may be completed online in English or downloaded from the Web site in Spanish.

Questions may be directed to NIH Office of Communication and Public Liaison


Información sobre salud para el público general Solicitud de información

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Por favor, visite> para imprimir la versión en español de nuestro cuestionario de información sobre salud.

En respuesta a una directiva del Presidente Barack Obama, dirigida a todas las agencias federales, en la que exhorta a una mayor transparencia, participación pública y colaboración, la Oficina de Comunicacións y Relaciones Públicas (OCPL) de los NIH y el Consejo Asesor de Representantes del Público

(COPR) del Director de los NIH, se han asociado para elaborar un cuestionario acerca de la información sobre salud del público general. En la misma línea de los objetivos de los NIH de lograr una mayor participación del público y una divulgación más efectiva de recursos e información fundamentados en la ciencia, esta solicitud de información arrojará luz y permitirá comprender mejor las necesidades de información sobre la salud de la población y la forma en que el público la busca. La información recopilada permitirá desarrollar información médica, científica y de salud más apropiada y difundirla a un público más amplio.

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