EBSCO Medical Content Update

Soon there will be a change in the free drug guide (Lexi-PALS Drug Guide) that augments Health Source Consumer Edition within the EBSCO database subscription. The purpose of this communication is to provide TexShare members with advance notification of the upcoming change, which will take place in just a few weeks.

The Lexi-PALS Drug Guide will be replaced by AHFS Consumer Medication Information (AHFS), which is published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. AHFS stands for: American Hospital Formulary Service®.

Note: Any existing direct links libraries have set up to the Lexi-PALs Drug Guide database will continue to function properly; seamlessly transitioning users to the AHFS Consumer Medication Information (AHFS) database. Any persistent links to individual records within Lexi-PALs Drug Guide libraries have set up will no longer be functional once the change is made. Please contact technical support for assistance with setting up the new persistent links.

About AHFS

AHFS Consumer Medication Information
is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish.

  • AHFS is published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists—long recognized as an authority on educating patients about drug use and safety, and a founding member of the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
  • AHFS has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest


Key Features of AHFS

  • Drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers
  • Available in a Spanish version translated by experienced human health and medical translators (not by computer programs)
  • Updated monthly
  • Conforms to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Keystone Guidelines for the provision of “useful” prescription medicine information to consumers and the FDA’s Guidance for Useful Written Consumer Medication Information
  • Includes “How To” monographs for administering different types of medications such as eye drops and inhalers
  • Identifies medications that have the potential for adverse events when used by elderly patients as recommended by a panel of nationally recognized experts (Beers Criteria). These criteria identify medications that should generally be avoided or that should be used with caution in older adults (65 years of age or older)

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