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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This reference has been providing prescription drug information to eye physicians for over 37 years. A subset of the larger, all-inclusive version of the PDR that that contains information on all FDA-approved drugs, it is constantly updated due to the changing nature of prescription drugs.
Purpose: This popular book consists of detailed monographs that include current ophthalmic drug information that can be quickly accessed, enabling practitioners to make intelligent therapeutic decisions.
Audience: It is specifically tailored to eye care practitioners, but students, residents, and nurses in the eye care field will also find it useful. The editorial consultants are all well known and respected authorities in ophthalmology.
Features: Each pharmaceutical agent is organized to provide concise and detailed information on all aspects of the drug as provided by the drug's manufacturer and defined by the FDA. Each is displayed in a standardized format to provide quick access. This edition also includes sections on contact lenses, low vision, and suturing, making it very comprehensive in scope.
Assessment: This book is mandatory for all eye care professionals who prescribe pharmaceutical drugs. It provides all the information necessary for the practitioner to confidently prescribe. It is the only authoritative source of FDA-approved prescriptive drug information available today. There are other sources of drug information, but none include information on related areas such as contact lens and low vision. Another useful service is the PDR.net web site, which contains a wealth of current information, news, and support for pharmaceuticals.