International Pharmaceutical Abstracts

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The International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA) database is the primary source for drug information. It provides worldwide coverage of pharmacology, pharmacy and health related literature from 1970 to the present, and is updated monthly. Produced by Thomson Scientific since 2005 (prior to that it was produced by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, IPA citations come from approximately 750 journals and all U.S. state pharmacy journals. IPA provides comprehensive information for drug therapy, toxicity, and pharmacy practice as well as legislation, regulation, technology, utilization, biopharmaceutics, information processing, education, economics, and ethics as related to pharmaceutical science and practice. A unique feature of the abstracts included for clinical studies is the inclusion of the study design, number of patients, dosage, dosage forms and dosage schedule.


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Dates covered


Updating frequency



750 journals.

Type of coverage

Citations with abstracts.

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International Pharmaceutical Abstracts

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Thomson Scientific, Inc.

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