Founded in 1973, the International Drug Information Center (IDIC) of The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of Long Island University (LIU Pharmacy) provides evidence-based, up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased information about pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements to a varied client base including pharmacists, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals, and consumers. The IDIC is also available to fulfill the drug information needs of pharmaceutical companies, attorneys, law enforcement agencies, pharmacy benefit managers, poison control centers, and other institutional and organizational clientele. Additionally, the IDIC supports the drug information needs of the LIU community, including its students, faculty, and preceptors.
The IDIC also serves as a training site for student pharmacists. Under the supervision and guidance of the IDIC staff, students participate in researching and responding to questions received by the Center.
The IDIC maintains a comprehensive library of resources containing information on U.S., foreign, and investigational products, as well as information on dietary supplements and herbal remedies.
Drug Information Service
The past few decades have brought dramatic changes to the drug information needs of healthcare professionals. Information that was once available to select few is now widely available. This explosion of information presents new challenges, such as the need to distinguish between varied sources, analyze and interpret data, and apply the data in a practical manner. The IDIC is well positioned to fulfill the contemporary drug information needs of healthcare professionals and consumers.
Dietary Supplements Service
The use of dietary supplements (e.g., vitamins, minerals, herbs) by US consumers is common. Despite the perceived safety, quality, and effectiveness of these products by the public, their use may carry health risks. The IDIC is available to provide healthcare professional and consumers with practical, unbiased, credible, evidence-based information about dietary supplements.
The Center is available for special projects/services. Please contact us to inquire about your service needs and how we can assist you in fulfilling these needs. Examples of specialty services that may be provided by the IDIC include medication therapy management (MTM) projects, formulary management services, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) support, and services to specialty pharmacies.
The IDIC serves as training site for the LIU Pharmacy & Medical Knowledge Group (MKG) Lasdon Research Fellowship Program in Drug Information and Medical Communications. Over the course of this 1-year fellowship program, fellows spend 8 months at MKG, a NYC-based medical communications agency, and 4 months at LIU Pharmacy’s IDIC. The goal of this program is to provide Doctors of Pharmacy with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to enter and succeed in the medical communications and biopharmaceutical industries. The staff of the IDIC serve as preceptors to the fellows.
Joseph P. Nathan, MS, PharmD
Director, International Drug Information Center
Professor of Pharmacy Practice LIU Pharmacy
Dr. Joseph Nathan is an alumnus of the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, having earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and an M.S. in Drug Information and Communications from the College. He received a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After practicing as a clinical pharmacist at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, Dr. Nathan joined the College’s International Drug Information Center as a drug information specialist. Dr. Nathan is a professor in the College’s Division of Pharmacy Practice and the director of the International Drug Information Center. His scholarly interests focus on the availability and utilization of information resources by healthcare professionals and consumers. Dr. Nathan published numerous articles on issues affecting the practice of pharmacy, serves as a reviewer for professional publications, and has served on the advisory board of a leading pharmacy journal. Dr. Nathan served as a pharmacy consultant to a long-term-care facility and continues to practice in a community pharmacy.
Sara Grossman, PharmD
Drug Information Specialist
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Sara Grossman received her Pharm.D. degree from The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, graduating summa cum laude in 2007. Dr. Grossman is a drug information specialist at the International Drug Information Center. She is also an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice and educates students in the practice of drug information. Dr. Grossman has authored numerous articles on issues pertaining to drug information and pharmacy practice, in general. She has also served as a reviewer for a number of professional publications. Dr. Grossman has practiced in community pharmacy and has served as a consultant pharmacist.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The IDIC is closed on legal and University holidays.
International Drug Information Center
75 DeKalb Avenue, Room LLC 405
Brooklyn, NY 11201
SUBMITTING A QUESTION
Questions can be submitted to the IDIC by phone or via email. When submitting a question via email, be sure to include your name, title (when applicable), and background information about the question; this information will enable us to address your request in the most appropriate manner.
The IDIC and LIU Pharmacy assume no responsibility or liability for the misinterpretation of the information provided. Furthermore, due to the vastness and ever-changing nature of health-related information, we make no guarantee concerning the currency, reliability, completeness, and accuracy of the information provided by our service. The information provided by the IDIC is not intended to diagnose or treat medical conditions and should not be used as a replacement for appropriate medical care and/or supervision.
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