Leverage insights from biomedical literature for drug development, repositioning and safety

Drug discovery, development and re-purposing require a deep understanding and investigation of the biomedical literature. Researchers require smart data and analytical tools to uncover drug-disease relationships and drug-drug interactions.

How Embase helps
Recommended by the FDA and EMA for monitoring drug safety in biomedical literature, Embase has a broad biomedical scope, with in-depth coverage of pharmacology, pharmaceutical science and clinical research.

Embase delivers comprehensive drug coverage and unique ‘triple-indexing’ that enables direct linking of drugs, diseases and devices to associated events mentioned in biomedical literature. It enables users to extract semantic relationships between drug-disease; drug-drug; device-disease and device-device.

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Embase provides in-depth indexing, intuitive search tools and comprehensive content that users:

  • Zoom in on very specific relationships of drugs
  • Decide which drug candidates to progress
  • Compare the effectiveness and safety between drugs
  • Determine how to design preclinical studies

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  • Rapidly retrieve relevant information from trusted sources
  • Build searchable, comprehensive databases of all evidence
  • Support the publication of original research

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Avinash Permraj, Research Scientist in Biotechnology, Management of Scientific Centers uses Embase to keep up with biological processes, novel techniques and new concepts in animal biotechnology and veterinary research data.

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How Embase works

Retrieving relevant and high quality evidence from the ever-increasing volume of biomedical literature is a challenge. Embase allows you to search the widest possible pool of data with precision. It provides:

  • Tree-level indexing of the full text of an article, which consists of drug term, disease terms, key subheadings and linked terms (e.g. hypertension, stroke, nausea, vomiting, etc)
  • Compressive drug coverage: Emtree includes chemical names, trade names and laboratory/research codes as well as generic names for more than 32,000 drugs and chemicals, including all generic names recognized by FDA, EMA and WHO (from 2000)

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Embase helps you uncover more evidence

  • Precise retrieval of relevant records through 64 subheadings, 4 medical device subheadings and 14 disease subheadings
  • More than 32 million records from over 8,500 journals and grey literature from over 2.3 million conference abstracts
  • Unique non-English content, along with detailed indexing of study types, trial phases, patient populations, and more

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