When searching for a drug to prescribe or add to a patient's record, start by typing in all or part of drug name in the search field. To narrow results, you can continue to add search terms, such as the route, strength, or active ingredient. Whole or partial words or numbers are fine, and the system will search as you type. Note for searching with partial words or numbers: typing just the beginning of a search term (e.g. "Epi" for Epinephrine) will pull up the matching record, typing just the end (e.g., "Phrine") will not.

By default, matching results appear from your preferred shortlist. If no results are found, or if you add a "+" to your search, results will be shown from the entire NDA/NDF formulary database.

If too few results appear, try searching using just the first part of the name (to catch alternative spellings), variations on the name, or just the active ingredient and other information (route, strength, etc.). You can also try adding a "+" to the end of your search to search the entire NDA/NDF formulary database.

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"I Can't Find the Prescription Drug I'm Looking For!"

If you’ve tried searching with partial words, active ingredient, etc., and still can't find the medication you're looking for, it may be missing from the database. You can add it to the database by one of the following two ways:

1.    When no results are found, click the link that appears beneath the search field to add a new drug to the database.

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2.    Or, click the “Admin” tab at the top of the page, go to “Manage” and then “Add New Rx”.

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In the Add New Drug pop-up, fill in all the fields by typing information and selecting options from the drop-down menus. Once all the fields are completed, click "+ Add New Drug" to finalize your action and add the new drug to the database.

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How to Add Nicknames to Drugs:

To add a nickname to a drug (e.g., to make it easier to find in the future), right-click the desired drug in the search results and select “Modify Rx Nicknames” from the menu that appears.

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In the Modify Rx Nicknames menu, type nicknames for the drug in the provided field, with multiple nicknames separated by commas. Note: The nicknames entered will only affect that specific Rx and dosage. If you want to apply the same nicknames to other dosages of the same drug, you will need to repeat the process for each dosage.

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