Natural Health Products Now Available within FDB MedKnowledge™ Canada
First Databank (FDB), the leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that helps improve medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, today announced the addition of natural health products to FDB MedKnowledge Canada, the company’s flagship drug knowledge base. Natural health products fall under Canada’s Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate and include substances such as vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies, traditional medicines such as traditional Chinese medicines, probiotics, and other products such as amino acids and essential fatty acids.
Natural health products are used and marketed for a number of health reasons such as the prevention or treatment of an illness or condition, the reduction of health risks or the maintenance of good health, and have high rates of consumer demand and use. According to Health Canada, 73% of Canadians regularly take natural health products such as vitamins and minerals, herbal products, and homeopathic medicines.
However, natural health products are not without clinical implications. St. John’s Wort, a potent inducer of the CYP3A4 enzyme mainly found in the liver and the intestine, speeds up the metabolism of many drugs, most notably anti-retroviral agents. For example, a drug interaction between St. John’s Wort and atazanavir, which is used to treat infection of human immunodeficiency virus, is indicated at the highest severity level in FDB MedKnowledge Canada. This drug interaction means a patient could develop resistance to the anti-retroviral agent, rendering it ineffective in treating the patient’s underlying medical condition.
“Natural health products can have clinical implications for the patient. Screening for natural health product and drug interactions and conducting medication reconciliation can only be effective when all drug products are included in the patient medication record,” said Chuck Tuchinda, MD, MBA, president, FDB. “We are pleased that our Canadian customers and their patients will now benefit from our inclusion of natural health products in FDB MedKnowledge Canada.”
To support FDB customers in Canada, natural health product codes (natural product numbers or NPNs) and descriptive information will be provided for more than 50,000 natural health products. In addition, the most commonly used products and those that have clinical implications such as iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin D, niacin and antacids will now be included as input’s into FDB clinical decision support.
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FDB (First Databank), part of the Hearst Health network, is the leading provider of drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication decision support category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that help improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visit http://www.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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