Health Sciences

Elsevier MDL unveils PharmaPendium™

San Ramon, CA, May 16, 2006 – Elsevier MDL is pleased to announce the release of PharmaPendium™ (, an essential drug safety resource that provides researchers with unprecedented access to an online collection of best-in-class drug safety content, including searchable FDA approval packages.

 “Drug safety is a pressing issue for the pharmaceutical industry, governmental regulators and our public health,” said Lars Barfod, CEO of Elsevier MDL. “Our customers tell us that PharmaPendium meets a clear need for efficient access to drug safety data and can help make an important difference in drug research.”

The concept for this resource was developed with input from various preclinical researchers utilizing drug safety in their daily work. Extensive input was also provided by the FDA under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the FDA and MDL Information Systems. Dr. Edwin Matthews and Dr. Joseph Contrera, FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of Pharmaceutical Science, are the FDA Investigators on the CRADA. “We believe this concept will be very useful to the scientific community and to our own research on the adverse effects and toxicological activities of pharmaceuticals. This resource could also be an important tool to facilitate the goals of the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative (, and to support drug safety and drug development programs.”

PharmaPendium is the only product featuring searchable access to FDA Approval Packages. Researchers and information specialists no longer have to order relevant packages and spend weeks or months sifting through long documents looking for pertinent information. PharmaPendium provides a longitudinal view of preclinical, clinical and post-market safety data, which allows researchers to determine what observed effects in animals translate to humans for similar candidate compound drugs. In addition, the resource provides four pathways into drug safety information: by drug (class), by adverse effect/toxicity, by target and by chemical structure.

PharmaPendium will help toxicologists, safety pharmacologists, drug safety team members and information specialists in the pharmaceutical sciences. Other key resources such as the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS), Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs and Drug monographs from Mosby’s Drug Consult™ can be searched in seconds, saving hours for preclinical and clinical researchers. In addition, selected terminology from the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA®) has been built into PharmaPendium to enhance intelligent searching and browsing of side effect content. As a knowledge database leader, Elsevier MDL is committed to providing pharmaceutical researchers with unprecedented access to essential drug safety information.

About Elsevier MDL
Elsevier MDL provides informatics, database and workflow solutions that accelerate successful life sciences R&D by improving the speed and quality of scientists’ decision making. Researchers around the world depend on Elsevier MDL for innovative and reliable discovery informatics software solutions and services augmented by 400 Elsevier chemistry and life sciences journals and related products. For more information, visit Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

Notes to Editors: 
To learn more about PharmaPendium, contact your Elsevier MDL Account Manager, visit or or send a message to Dr. Edwin Matthews ( and Dr. Joseph Contrera ( are the FDA Investigators on the CRADA.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

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Elsevier MDL
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