What is this pill???

Ever find a pill that you cannot remember why you have it or what it is? The national Library of Medicine has a new tool to help identify those mystery pills:Pillbox Beta:http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/

One can search based on physical criteria: imprint (characters or number printed on a medication), shape, color, size, and scoring. Users are shown thumbnail images of possible matches. These images are continually updated as the user enters additional information. You can search two ways: Adobe Flex Powered or HTML based — neither requires anything but your browser to use.

Once a solid dosage form has been identified, additional information is provided, including brand/generic name, ingredients, and the National Drug File identification number. Links are provided to NLM drug information resources, such as FDA-approved label information (DailyMed) and the Drug Information Portal, which searches all NLM drug information resources.

This system is designed for use by emergency physicians, first responders, other health care providers, Poison Control Center staff, and concerned citizens.

Disclaimer: NLM has made a great effort to verify the authenticity of each image. However, the Pillbox images are not part of the Structured Product Label (FDA-approved drug label) and have not been verified by each manufacturer. For this reason, Pillbox is not currently intended for clinical use. NLM and the FDA are working with manufacturers to get their official images.

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