1983 USP Dispensing Information, Volume 1 - Drug Information for the Health Care Provider and Volume 2 - Advice for the Patient. By the United States Pharmacopeia! Convention, Inc. Kingsport, TN, Kingsport Press, 1982. Softcover, $37.95.
The first volume of the USP-DI contains the practitioner's technical language, while the second volume is written in layman's language. The purpose of the (JSP-Dl Volume I is to supplement the prescribing physician's information given to the patient receiving the medication.
Volume I, Drug information for the Health Care Provider, contains drug information descriptions, arranged in alphabetical order by the official or other established name or by family grouping. Each description, or monograph, supplies the basic information for a particular substance when used for a specific clinical effect. Each drug monograph covers the category of drug and a brief pharmacologie description.
"Precautions to Consider" covers selected cross-sensitivities; pregnancy, breast feeding, pediatrie, and geriatric precautions; drug interactions; diagnostic interference; medical problems; and patient check-ups. This is followed by side/adverse effects. The section on patient consultation provides a brief outline of information corresponding to Volume II.
As a whole, the USP-D/ is thorough in listing most of the commonly prescribed medications. I would recommend the USPDl, Volume I and Volume II, for physicians, pharmacists, directors of nursing, and health care providers who would like to have an accurate, descriptive, supplemental reference on drug information.