Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Judith Klevan, BSPharm (Jeanes Hospital)
Description: This book compiles concise, clinically relevant drug interaction information from various studies, case reports, and current literature.
Purpose: It is intended to provide quick and easy access to clinically relevant, evaluated, and evidence-based information about drug interactions and their clinical significance.
Audience: The audience includes any healthcare professional with a need to assess drug interactions. The book also would be useful to students in various healthcare disciplines during their clinical rotations and practicums.
Features: The book does a very nice job of categorizing the interactions to make them easy to find, along with the alphabetizing and table of contents. It also has an excellent rating system for the clinical significance of the interaction using defined symbols, which give users an immediate idea of the clinical significance and potential for harm of the interaction. As a pocket guide for quick use, it does not have a reference section so readers can ascertain how and from where this information was gathered.
Assessment: This is a great pocket guide for healthcare professionals. As more drugs come to market, it is increasingly difficult to quickly discern if an interaction is clinically relevant and if the risks outweigh the benefits. This book is very useful in providing this information and aiding in prescribing decisions.