International Drug Information Center
Who We Are
The International Drug Information Center (IDIC) of LIU Pharmacy is well recognized for its long-standing history of providing evidence-based, up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased drug information. Since its inception in 1973, the IDIC has provided information about pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements to a varied client base including pharmacists, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies, attorneys, law enforcement agencies, pharmacy benefit managers, poison control centers, and other institutional and organizational clientele. In addition, the IDIC serves as a resource for the drug information needs of select consumer groups. The IDIC, which functions as a training site for doctor of pharmacy students, is staffed by drug information specialists who are experienced in retrieving and evaluating medical and pharmacy literature and who hold faculty appointments at LIU Pharmacy.
The mission of the IDIC is to ensure optimal health outcomes by providing information about pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements to healthcare professionals and patients, while serving as a nurturing learning environment for students of LIU Pharmacy.
What We Do
The IDIC answers drug information questions from healthcare professionals and select consumer groups. Our comprehensive library of resources includes numerous medical and pharmacy journals, specialized texts, commercial electronic databases, and our own in-house database. These resources, coupled with the expertise and experience of the Center’s specialists, allow us to fulfill varied requests for drug information. Drug information inquiries may encompass any of the following categories:
- Adverse drug reactions
- Alternative medicines
- Drug dosage and administration
- Drug availability
- Drug efficacy
- Drug interactions
- Drug use in pregnancy and breast feeding
- Drugs in the pipeline
- Identification of foreign products
- Identification of capsules/tablets
- IV compatibility and stability
- Pharmacy law (NYS)
- Route of administration
- Therapeutic comparisons
- Therapeutic use
Comprehensive literature searches, medication therapy management (MTM), drug evaluations, and other related projects are available as a special service upon request and through consultation with the IDIC staff. Questions involving litigation will not be answered by the IDIC; however, we may offer a referral to a consultant.
The IDIC serves as a training site for senior pharmacy students enrolled in a drug information clerkship as part of LIU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Under the supervision and guidance of the IDIC faculty and staff, students participate in researching and responding to questions received by the Center. Verbal and/or written responses (including references, if appropriate) are supplied promptly. A quality assurance program is in place to ensure that answers to questions are of the highest quality.
The faculty and staff of the IDIC also promote and regularly contribute to the body of scientific literature as it relates specifically to the field of drug information and globally to pharmacy practice.
As a courtesy, the IDIC responds to drug information inquiries received from the LIU community, as well as LIU Pharmacy’s affiliated practice sites.
Pharmacies are welcome to subscribe to our service for a low annual fee. In addition, other organizational subscriptions (e.g., physician groups, clinics) are available. To become a subscriber or request a special project, please contact us for additional information.
The IDIC and LIU Pharmacy assume no responsibility or liability for the misinterpretation of the information provided. Furthermore, due to the vastness and ever changing nature of health-related information, we make no guarantee on the currency, reliability, completeness and accuracy of the information provided by our service or on other sites to which we provide links. The IDIC does not endorse any site nor are we responsible for the information contained in such sites. The information provided is not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions and the information should not be used as a replacement for appropriate medical care and/or supervision.