Resources

Below is a list of some well-known and not so well-known web sites that you may find helpful in your own research.

Government Resources

US

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ARHQ)
    Health care information for consumers, professionals and policymakers; research tools include several large public databases of healthcare information.
    ahrq.gov
  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
    Large-scale surveys of individuals, their medical providers and employers across the US; data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage.
    meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb
  • Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
    Collection of reports on a wide range of drug development topics, from biosimilar user fees to new drug review updates.
    http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofMedicalProductsandTobacco/CDER/ucm074833.htm
  • Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)
    Family of databases and software tools; primarily inpatient data, also data on emergency department visits and ambulatory surgery.
    ahrq.gov/research/data/hcup/index.html
  • HCUPnet
    Searchable database of hospital statistics, incudling ED visits.
    hcupnet.ahrq.gov
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse
    Searchable database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on all indications.
    guideline.gov

UK

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
    Homepage for the UK national health authority to improve health and social care.
    nice.org.uk
  • NICE Pathways
    Searchable by indication; provides summary information about NICE guidance for diagnosis and management.pathways.
    pathways.nice.org.uk
  • NICE Guidance
    Guidance organized by indication/disease area.
    nice.org.uk/Guidance/Topic
Epidemiology

GLOBAL

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Epidemiology
    World health statistics.
    who.int/topics/epidemiology/en
  • UCSF Virtual Library of Epidemiology
    Links to government agencies, international organizations, university sites, professional societies and socieities aimed at specific indications.
    epibiostat.ucsf.edu/epidem/epidem.html
  • Cochrane Reviews
    Systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy.
    cochrane.org

US

  • CDC Health Data Interactive
    Tables with national health statistics customized by age, gender, race/ethnicity and georaphic location.
    cdc.gov/nchs/hdi.htm
Marketed Drugs

GLOBAL

  • Physician’s Desk Reference
    Searchable database of drug labels and product safety alerts.
    pdr.net
  • Rx List: The Internet Drug Index
    Patient-friendly data about marketed drugs including formulation, indications, side effects and interactions, etc.
    rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp
  • Martindale’s Pharmacology and Toxicology Center
    Compendium of drug databases; prescription and OTC drug databases in multiple languages, pricing data, supplement and plants database, etc. Annotated.
    martindalecenter.com/Pharmacy_6_HuD.html#PO-EN-ESSENTIAL
Drugs in Development

GLOBAL

  • ClinicalTrials.gov
    Registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.
    clinicaltrials.gov
Payment/Reimbursement

GLOBAL

  • International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (IPSOR)
    Organization supporting translation of outcomes research for healthcare decision-makers.
    www.ispor.org/Default.asp

UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY & SPAIN

US

  • Fingertip Formulary
    Searchable database of formulary drug status for health plans by state.
    fingertipformulary.com
  • Healthcare Blue Book
    Database of “fair prices” for medical treatments and diagnostic tests; consumer resource of discounted prices paid by high-quality providers to insurance providers.
    healthcarebluebook.com
  • ICD-9 Data
    Medical coding indices.
    icd9data.com
Industry News

GLOBAL

Industry Calendar of Biomedical Meetings
  • MacDougall Biomedical Communications
    A calendar of the most important life science industry conferences, listing all important conferences by date and categorized into investor/financial, medical/scientific and partnering/networking meetings.
    macbiocom.com/news-events/conference-calendar.asp