PDR on Westlaw: Find out how drug warnings change over time

September 20, 2010

warning on side of prescription medicine bottleYou might find the 3,500-page Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR) and its companion publication on nonprescription drugs on your law library’s “nonlegal” shelves. Product information supplied by pharmaceutical companies to the PDR – the most frequently used reference book in a clinical setting – can have huge legal implications for product liability, physician standard of care, prior art, and other legal issues.

A warning or contraindication that is modified in a given year can shed significant light on what a company, physician, or consumer knew or was presumed to know.

That’s why Westlaw gives you access not only to the current PDR and PDR for Nonprescription Drugs, Dietary Supplements, and Herbs, but also to their historical counterparts. Databases on Westlaw include the Physicians’ Desk Reference: Prescription Drugs 2009 (PDR2009) and Physicians’ Desk Reference: Nonprescription Drugs 2009 (PDR-NPD2009) databases, released last week.

Submitted by Jay Shuck
Legal Writer, Customer and Product Documentation