First DataBankFirst DataBank's new online medicines reference tool, FIRSTLight, is now live and First DataBank is offering a free extended trial until the end of January 2011. FIRSTLight provides instant access to reliable medicines information, empowering clinicians and supporting safer, faster clinical decision making.

This is the first time First DataBank's trusted medicines information has been available stand alone and accessible at any point in the clinical workflow.

"We introduce FIRSTLight in direct response to requests from individual clinicians and Trusts for instant access to First DataBank's complete electronic medicines information," says Polly Shepperdson, Product Manager at First DataBank.

Several clinical system vendors have expressed early interest in partnering opportunities. Darren Nichols, Managing Director of First DataBank, comments: "Our current business partners are keen to add the immediate value and benefit of FIRSTLight to support their customers' medicines managements needs."

Specific features of FIRSTLight include:

  • How, when and when not to use a medication including ingredients, indications, doses, routes and administration advice
  • When to avoid using a medication, information about allergies and safety of use with other concurrent conditions, drugs and food
  • Tests, measures and observations required while using a medication including what should be done about any resulting changes, along with information about managing expected side effects and what to do in cases of over-dosage
  • Reproduction, pregnancy and breastfeeding advice including whether taking the medication can affect fertility, relevant recommendations for use of contraception and any risks associated with pregancy or breastfeeding while taking the medication.

FIRSTLight iPhone and iPad applications will also be available in early 2011.

To begin using FIRSTLight today, sign up for your free trial at

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About First DataBank
First DataBank is the UK's leading provider of drug knowledge bases and active clinical decision support. With over 30 years' experience of maintaining, developing and integrating drug knowledge bases across the entire healthcare spectrum, First DataBank has unrivalled expertise and knowledge in this specialist field. NHS Connecting for Health has chosen First DataBank to provide drug-related clinical decision support.

Patient safety is the driving force behind our business. Through the effective integration of our products into clinical systems, we enable safer prescribing, dispensing and administration.

Our Multilex Drug Data File - the UK's most comprehensive and widely used drug knowledge base - is in daily use by thousands of healthcare professionals in the UK.

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