Monday, July 19, 2010

Substance Registration System

A new web site sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now available.

This database provides access to the FDA Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) assigned to substances by the FDA Substance Registration System

The UNII is an essential element required for the listing of substances in the FDA Structured Product Labeling (SPL). The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the FDA collaborated to make access to this code easier.

Users entering a substance name or a UNII will be directed to the FDA record. Spell checking and autosuggest are available for each query. If no UNII is available for a substance, the user is referred to the FDA to request one.

Links to the NLM ChemIDplus ( and the Drug Information Portal ( are provided for most drugs. The database is updated weekly with data provided by FDA.

Follow the activity of the National Library of Medicine's Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division .

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Medline Plus Updates

From our colleague, T. Ottosen at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine:

"MedlinePlus has a new look! The entire site has been redesigned with a new layout and color scheme. Some highlights of the new design are:

* A Videos & Cool Tools page that makes multimedia content easier to find and searchable.
* A Share button on all health topic pages and interactive tutorials that allows you to share links to MedlinePlus through your favorite social networks. See the Diabetic Diet topic page as an example.
* A medical dictionary search box on the English homepage for quick look-up of medical terms.
* A search cloud widget on the homepage, and a widgets page where you can find options for embedding MedlinePlus content in your own blogs, personalized homepages, and other sites.

We invite you to visit MedlinePlus to see the changes and new features for yourself. Let us know what you think of the new design by clicking the Contact Us link that appears on every page."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Access to AccessMedicine Restored

The online access to AccessMedicine has been restored. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

AccessMedicine Currently Unavailable

AccessMedicine is currently unavailable due to the subscription renewal issues.  The Medical Library will restore the access as soon as possible and is currently working with the vendor.  Thank you for your understanding!