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Medical News, Consumer Health: Dietary Supplements Information

National Library of Medicine – in 2007 – introduced a free database for consumers and patients to use to find detailed information about non-prescription or over-the-counter dietary supplements, called the Dietary Supplements Labels Database, available from the following link: http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov/dietary/.

Following is an excerpt from the Dietary Supplements Labels Database “About” page:

This database contains information on the ingredients of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements sold in the U.S. and is designed to help not only researchers, but the large audience of supplement consumers as well. While consumer-oriented information about dietary supplements is available from many sources, this database consolidates and centralizes the information that consumers require to make informed decisions about supplements and provides direct links to pertinent health information, fact sheets, research findings and on-going clinical studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “.

There are searchable categories for Brands, Manufacturers and Active Ingredients. Also see the Help page which explains the three divisions in more detail, in order to search the source most efficiently.

IBIDS (International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements) is another freely available database produced by National Institutes of Health that provides bibliographic information from “published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. IBIDS is a joint initiative between the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL)“.

These two resources represent non-biased, objective and current information for million of Americans who seek detailed information abut the non-prescription preparations they choose to take to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. (Last month, I wrote a blog post about the newest NLM database, Drug Information Portal, a source which provides information on 12,000 prescription medicines).

Thanks to National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services  and the IBIDS Team staff for making these free resources available to anyone.  IBIDS is headquartered at the National Agricultural Library and can be reached by email at ibidscom@nal.usda.gov

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2 responses to “Medical News, Consumer Health: Dietary Supplements Information

  1. Jenifer Kirin March 26, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Thank you for covering the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database in your article. I am writing with a correction.

    Just to clarify, IBIDS is created and made available to the general public thanks to the joint initiative between the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL). It is not a product of the National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services staff.

    The IBIDS Team is headquartered at the National Agricultural Library and can be reached by email at ibidscom@nal.usda.gov.

    Jenifer Kirin
    IBIDS Team Leader/Librarian

  2. creaky15 March 27, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Thank you for correcting me regarding the proper source for IBIDS. I will change my post.

    Creaky

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