Purdue Pharma has announced results from a company-led Collaborative Compendia Review Project, a research study that highlights online drug information compendia (ODIC). The study finds that although valuable and presumed to be correct and complete, the compedia may contain misinformation, potentially jeopardizing patient safety.

ODIC are useful tools that healthcare professionals and consumers use to educate themselves on pharmaceutical products. Five ODIC were included as part of this study: Medscape Reference, Lexicomp Online: Lexi-Drugs, Epocrates Online, Drugs.com and RxList.

Results from the research study suggest that these online resources, although informative and easily accessible, may contain misinformation and potentially lead to risk for product misuse and patient harm.